The Cradle of our Love to God

st-augustine-icon1But as a man may sin against another in two ways, either by injuring him or by not helping him when it is in his power, and as it is for these things which no loving man would do that men are called wicked, all that is required it, I think, proved by these words, “The love of our neighbor worketh no ill.” And if we cannot attain to good unless we first desist  from working evil, our love of our neighbor is a sort of cradle of our love to God, so that, as it is said, “the love of our neighbor worketh no ill,” we may rise from this to these other words, “We know that all things issue in good to them that love God.” The man point is this, that no one should think that while he despises his neighbor he will come to happiness and to the God whom he loves.”

-St. Augustine

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