Loving Our Neighbor – Part 1 of 2

The surest way to discover whether we have the love of God, is to see whether we love our neighbor; for the two things are never separated. Be sure, too, that the more you perceive yourself to advance in the love of your neighbor, the more you will do so in that of God. -St. Teresa

Tertullian relates that the mutual love of the first Christians was so manifest that even the heathens were much astonished at it, and said among themselves: “See how these Christians love one another! how much respect they have for each other! how ready they are to render any service, or even to suffer death, for each others’ sake!”

St. Jerome says, that in his old age St. John the Evangelist was not able to come to the sacred assemblies, except supported by the arms of his followers; nor could he preach long sermons, on account of the weakness of his voice, but he would constantly repeat these few words: “Little children, love one another.”

Fraternal charity is the sign of predestination. It makes us known as the true disciples of Christ, for it was this divine virtue that moved Him to live a life of poverty and to die in destitution upon the cross. -St. Vincent de Paul

Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).

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