Love encompasses everything. And he, who is
benevolent to his close ones - through the inclination of the heart and not
moved just by duty or desire Ė the devil is unable to interfere with him.
Of course, love is higher than everything. If you
find that you have no love within you but wish to obtain it, then perform acts
of love, even though at the beginning without love. God will see your desire
and suffering and will implant love into your heart. "Those who have an
unsightly heart should not despair, because with Godís help they can reform it.
All you need to do is watch yourself attentively, do not allow an opportunity
to be beneficial to your close one slip by, disclose your thoughts to your
starets and be benevolent to the utmost. Of course this cannot be done
suddenly, but God is very patient. He only terminates the life of a person when
He sees that he is ready to cross over into eternity, or, when He sees that
there is no hope for improvement in him.
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