Friday, February 8, 2013

A Voice from the Past - Gregory the Great

And such peace we truly keep, when we treat the faults of the proud at once with charity and with persistent justice, when we love them and hate their vices. For man is the work of God; but vice is the work of man. Let us then distinguish between what God made and what man has made, and neither hate the man on account of his error nor love the error on account of the man.

Gregory the Great, 540-604 AD, Epistles of Gregory the Great, Epistle XLIII, To Eulogius and Anastasius, Bishops (translated by Rev. James Barmby, The Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Volume XII,  Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, T & T Clark and Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997, p.179)

Is this the right way to deal with sin? If so, how do we go about implementing it?

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