SECTION A: THE COMMANDMENTS
VIII. THE COMMANDMENT TO LOVE OUR ENEMY
We call him our enemy who hates us and seeks to do us harm.
Saul, for instance, was an enemy of the Christians. Those alone can be said to have the love of their neighbor who love their enemies too. [Emphasis in bold added.] A big fire is not extinguished but increased by the wind; so the love of one\’s neighbor, if it be real, is not destroyed, but deepened, by affronts and offenses on the part of others. If we only love those who love us, we cannot look for any great reward (Matt. v. 46). We love our friends for our own sake, but we love our enemies for God\’s sake. [Ibid.]
1. We ought to love our enemies because Christ commands it; He says: \”Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you; pray for them that persecute and calumniate you\” (Matt. v. 44).
Christ has given
There will be people in this life whom increase the weight of my cross, which is already too heavy for me to bare. They will scape goat you and they try to kill you. The only way I know how to survive this and for my own salvation? Is to be non-violent and to pray for them and try to love them. It keeps me from becoming violent myself. It protects me from doing crimes of passion myself. I am human and I suffer, but to release this pain in a non-toxic way and be responsible for this planet and all of it’s sacred realms. I cannot say that I can love my ememies? That I possess the strength of character or fortitude. I do have empathy and compassion. I believe that life is like the Tin Man in the Wiz. If we try to oil another rapid oxidation of their armor and their cells. We are a better person for it. But more than this? I feel better. We offer mass and consecration of the host of communion to help ease the burden of another, because we are all one.