Loving the Local Church

Loving the Local Church

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“The more I love humanity in general the less I love man in particular. In my dreams, I often make plans for the service of humanity, and perhaps I might actually face crucifixion if it were suddenly necessary. Yet I am incapable of living in the same room with anyone for two days together. I know from experience. As soon as anyone is near me, his personality disturbs me and restricts my freedom. In twenty-four hours I begin to hate the best of men: one because he’s too long over his dinner, another because he has a cold and keeps on blowing his nose. I become hostile to people the moment they come close to me. But it has always happened that the more I hate men individually the more I love humanity.”
― Fyodor Dostoyesvsky, the Brothers Karamazov

By this all men will know that we are the disciples of Jesus Christ: If we have love for one another. May the Lord give us grace to love those that are next to us, in our lives. May those who interfere with our preferences finds us gracious and giving; may those who trample our rights find us merciful and humble. Teach us, Lord Jesus, to love one another.

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