This is why we turn away…

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You cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other. Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of him who gives and kindles joy in the heart of him who receives. All condemnation is from the devil. Never condemn each other. We condemn others only because we shun knowing ourselves. When we gaze at our own failings, we see such a swamp that nothing in another can equal it. That is why we turn away, and make much of the faults of others. Instead of condemning others, strive to reach inner peace. Keep silent, refrain from judgement. This will raise you above the deadly arrows of slander, insult and outrage and will shield your glowing hearts against all evil.

— Saint Seraphim of Sarov

The power to forget…

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I think at least one of the elements of this quote is that Saint Basil is saying that in order for us to forgive others (one of the primary callings and obligations upon Christians) is only possible if we are (in a sense) able to forget the wrongs they have done against us.

We must remember the good in others, and do our best to forget the rest…

Running away, running home…

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“I just want to run away sometimes”

“That’s what coming home to a husband is. It’s running away, except now I’m running away with you and there’s hot cocoa and a warm bed and blankets and tents and kisses and movies. it’s the best sort of running away, because it’s coming home too.”

~Chelsie Autumn