He [Poemen] also said, 'There is no greater love than that you should lay down your life for your neighbour.  When you hear a complaint against you and you struggle with yourself, and do not begin to complain in return, when you bear an injury with patience and do not look for revenge, that is when you lay down your life for your neighbour.'

The Desert Fathers,

Sayings of the Early Christian Monks,


Abba Poemen

Desert Father c. 340-450

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