“A fast without mutual love is the fast of demons…”

“… there can be no true fast, no genuine repentance, no reconciliation with God, unless we are at the same time reconciled with one another. A fast without mutual love is the fast of demons… We do not travel the road of Lent as isolated individuals but as members of a family.”     -His Grace, Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia 

From The Cup of Christ By St. Ignatius Brianchaninov:

“Pray to the Lord on behalf of those who have insulted and outraged you — that what they have done for you should be repaid by [both] a temporal blessing and [the] eternal reward of salvation; and that when they stand before Christ to be judged, it should be counted to them as if it had been an act of virtue. Although your heart does not wish to act in this way, compel it to do so; because only those who do violence to their own heart, in fulfilling the commandments of the Gospel, can inherit Heaven.”

From My Life in Christ by St. John Kronstadt:

“It is well to place candles before the icons. But it is still better if you bring as a sacrifice to God the light of your love for Him and your neighbor. It is well that the one should be accompanied by the other. But if you place candles before the icons and have no love for God and your neighbor in your heart, if you are avaricious, if you do not live in peace with others—then your sacrifice to God is in vain.”

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