Isaac the Syrian: “Do not foster hatred for the sinner, for we are all guilty”

The words of Isaac the Syrian fit well to the struggle I have known on both a personal and professional level. My deepest pains all have to do with the degree to which I refuse to look into myself. Needless to say, I see the same true of every last one of the rest of us.

Dover Beach

Isaac the Syrian

“Love sinners, but hate their deeds, and do not disdain sinners for their failings, so that you yourself do not fall into the temptation in which they abide… Do not be angry at anyone and do not hate anyone, neither for their faith, nor for their shameful deeds… Do not foster hatred for the sinner, for we are all guilty… Hate his sins, and pray for him, so that you may be made like unto Christ, who had no dislike for sinners, but prayed for them.”
– Saint Isaac the Syrian, Homily 57,90

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