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Freedom (through Love and Service)

“We look forward to the time when our family can be reunited, and we can settle into a new, balanced routine. Regardless, there is still a need that must be met. Matushka still has patients, the physically suffering, that must be cared for. I have my own spiritual patients, both in the parish and at my base, who likewise find themselves in need of care. Throughout all of this, it is our hope that our children can learn from this experience, understanding that the needs of others come before our wants: to be selfless instead of selfish. To quote the movie, First Knight, “In serving one another, we become free.” (Father Gregory and Matushka Ksenia Bruner)

“The Lord wants us to love each other; this is the essence of freedom—love for God and for your neighbor. This is both freedom and equality…Though we have freedom, we also have a responsibility to help others in their Christian growth. Our first duty is to others, not to ourselves.” (St. Silouan the Athonite, Foundation Study Bible, 1 Corinthians 10:23)

“If we live in but not for the world, then our life in the body can assume a new purpose. Like Paul, we can devote ourselves to the relationships and needs of others. Indeed, we can trust that God will give us life in the body as long as it is His will that we remain here to love those who need us.” (Fr. Basil)

“When we love properly, we love in God; and through God’s love for us, we are inspired to act the same toward others. We recognize the face of God in human beings and are drawn to them because God has loved them even before we were moved to do the same.” (Vigen Guroian)

“To “put on” Christ is to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (cf. Rom. 13:). And over all of these things we are to “put on” love. It’s like love is the big belt that pulls together the rest of the ensemble.” (James Smith)

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