Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: anonymous

“If you wish to progress in what is good,” said another Father, “do not associate with a person of ill will.”

Persons of ill will dominate our news and are easy enough to spot.  People of ill will do not love God with every fiber of their being nor do they love their neighbors as themselves.  People who chose ill will have rejected compassion, empathy, gentleness, hospitality, and kindness in favor of cruelty, fear, hate, selfishness. 

Thing is the characteristics of ill will are contagious.  They are what fuels mobs. They are what fuels all the many ways we fail to love our neighbor as ourselves.

If we wish to progress in what is good, St. Paul is very helpful. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” Phil 4:8

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