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In the time of persecutions, some Christians thought those who abandoned the Church could never be forgiven. But Dionysius says that we should follow Christ’s example, welcoming the penitent with open arms.
But now we’re doing the opposite. Christ, the Good Shepherd, goes out looking for one who strays, and calls him back when he runs away, and carefully takes him up on his shoulders when he finds him. On the other hand, we harshly reject someone who strays even when he comes to us.
Sword - People - Others - Others - Divine
Let us not be so miserly, and let us not stab ourselves with our own sword. When people decide either to do evil or to do good to others, they don’t just carry out their will on those others. As they attach themselves to evil or to good, they will themselves be possessed either by divine virtues or by unbridled passions.
The ones who attach themselves to good will become the followers and companions of the good angels; both in this world...
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