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Christian: How do you see people?

They said of Abba Makarios the Great that he became, as it is written, a god upon earth, because, just as God protects the world, so Abba Makarios would cover the faults which he saw, as though he did not see them; and those which he heard, as though he did not hear them. "Christians," he said, "should judge no one, neither an open harlot, nor sinners, nor dissolute people, but should look upon all with simplicity of soul and a pure eye. Purity of heart, indeed, consists in seeing sinful and weak people and having compassion for them and being merciful."

(From "The Sayings of the Desert Fathers")


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