Vol I No. 7
Daily Thought

Love and Hate

by William J. Martin

Italian_(Neapolitan)_-_The_Return_of_the_Prodigal_Son_-_Google_Art_ProjectLove and hatred are not merely subjective feelings, affecting the inward universe of those who experience them, but they are also objective forces, altering the world outside ourselves…if this is true of my love, it is true to an incomparably greater extent of Christ’s love. The victory of his suffering love upon the Cross does not merely set me an example, showing me what I myself may achieve if by my own efforts I imitate him. Much more than this, his suffering love has a creative effect upon me, transforming my own heart and will, releasing me from bondage, making me whole, rendering it possible for me to love in a way that would lie altogether beyond my powers, had I not first been loved by him.”
― Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way