He who insults you is your benefactor

Abba Dorotheos wrote:

If anyone insults you or otherwise troubles you, pray for him, as the Fathers say, as for one who does you great benefit in curing you of your love for pleasure. From this your violent passions will be lessened. The Fathers say that genuine love is the curb of the passions and, before all, it entreats God to give you sobriety and a clear understanding to know what is His will, what is good and well-pleasing to Him and perfect, and the power of being constant in the performance of every good work.

From Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings

(via jamesfromta: simplyorthodox)

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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