Friday, August 18, 2006

Love and Forgive All

It is a little-known fact that your humble narrator is a tremendous softie. His heart is particularly warmed when he reads the heavenly life God wishes us to lead and the holy disposition we should bear at all times and in all places toward God and our neighbor. Fr. Fenton has posted a few words on this topic I found inspiring:
Many church fathers, commentators, preachers--both within the boundaries of the holy Church and outside those boundaries--have maintained that the Lord's commandments to "love one another" and "love your enemies" and "be merciful" may be difficult, but it is not impossible. For Our Lord does not demand the impossible. But He does require that we submerge our passions of anger, hatred, grudge-bearing, and refusal to forgive and instead embrace all men--especially those who have insulted us or wronged us or treated us ungratefully, unkindly, or unlovingly.
He also quotes a sermon from Pope St. Gregory the Great. Give it a read. And may the Spirit strengthen us all to bring these words to life in our everyday.


Blogger jwf said...

Thanks, Ben, for the kind words.

Now, if I may gently ask--I'm curious why your biblical references don't point one to this site:

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Blogger Ben Johnson said...

Believe it or not, I actually prefer the KJV for the New Testament, as it is based on the Greek "Textus Receptus." The LXX and Vulgate are my choices for Old Testament readings, and the Douay-Rheims is as close as most people can readily come to an English translation. The DR is competent all-round; I just prefer the KJV.

Aside from textual issues, I also love and have memorized too much the candence and structure of the KJV's NT to disregard it without compelling reason.

Thank you for the inspiring post on your blog.

12:20 AM  

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