St. Silvanus the Athonite On Loving One’s Enemies

St. Silvanus the Athonite

St. Silvanus the Athonite

Everyday experience shows that even people who in their inner depths accept Christ’s commandment to love one’s enemies do not put it into practice. Why? First of all, because without grace we cannot love our enemies. But if, realizing that this love was naturally beyond them, they asked God to help them with His grace they would certainly receive this gift.

Excerpt taken from the book: St. Silouan the Athonite- By: Archimandrite Sophrony


3 Responses to “St. Silvanus the Athonite On Loving One’s Enemies”

  1. 1 Andrew July 9, 2009 at 2:12 am

    St. Silvanus’ words are always spiritual honey.

  2. 2 frmilan July 11, 2009 at 7:07 am

    What I am reminded of from these words is the words from the Lord’s prayer; “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.”

    The only way to forgive someone is to love and pray for them.

    When we are truely angry at some one the prayer might be angry to give them all that they deserve. Over time God works on our hearts so they we start asking God to give them all the good things that God has for all of us. Then we will have come to forgiveness because we will love them in their imperfection as God loves us in our imperfection.

    Fr. Milan; Vonmem

  3. 3 Mary July 11, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Fr. Milan,

    Thank you for the enlightening words!

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