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The Second Epistle. To All Bishops. On Brotherly Love, And on Avoiding the Evil

By Pontianus, Pope

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Title: The Second Epistle. To All Bishops. On Brotherly Love, And on Avoiding the Evil  
Author: Pontianus, Pope
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Pontianus, bishop of the holy and universal Church, to all who worship the Lord aright, and love the divine worship, greeting. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will. (1) These words, most beloved, are not the words of men, but of angels; and they were not devised by human sense, but were uttered by angels at the birth of the Saviour. And from these words it can be understood without doubt by all that peace is given by the Lord, not to men of evil will, but to men of good will. Whence the Lord, speaking by the prophet, says: ?How good is God to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart! But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well?nigh slipped: for I was envious at the unrighteous, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.? (2) Of the good, however, the Truth says in His own person, ?Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.? (3) And they are not the pure in heart who think evil things, or things hurtful to their brethren; for he who is the faithful man devises nothing evil. The faithful man, accordingly, loves rather to hear things which are becoming, than to speak things which are not becoming. And if any one is faithful, let him see to it that he speak no evil, and lay no snares in the way of any one. In this, then, are the children of God distinguished from the children of the devil. For the children of God always think and strive to do things which are of God, and give help unceasingly to their brethren, and wish to injure no one.

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