Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on Earth. Love all of God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every lead=f, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will come to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.” (Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov).
For reflection in solitude or in the company of others: The title for this meditation is also a chapter title from Richard Rohr’s “Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer”. Rohr places Dostoyevsky’s words at the head of the chapter. What relationship do you see between Rohr’s title and Dostoyevsky’s imperative words? What parts of God’s creation are easy for you to love? Which are more difficult? Who, or what, seems impossible for you to love? How willing are you to ask God to change your mind?