I recently was given this quote by Mychal's Prayer:
John of the Cross wrote in one of his letters,
"Have a special love for those who do not love you, for that is how God loves us and gives us his Spirit so that we may love that way, too."
The first thing I thought of was modern, American Chrisitanity, and our reaction to those who hate us among the Islamic world. Let me see, what is it that Jesus said?
Gospel of St. Matthew 5:44-43
"You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
Seems St. John of the Cross is getting it more right than those who populate the Churches of this land. How I wonder could things have been different. Instead of throngs of Muslims surging through the cities of various countries screaming their anger at our desceration of the Koran.