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This is Love

January 26, 2013

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The psalmist envies the wicked and how their ways seem to prosper. They grow fat and rich and blasphemous, and show no signs of reform (Ps. 73). Alyosha sees the entire monastery rush to support the wicked and hypocritical Father Ferapont, meanwhile, his beloved and holy Father Zosima is maligned and his death deemed worthless. But, like the Good Shepherd, Alyosha gives up his time, his efforts, his desires, his passions for his sheep. He helps a boy and loses a finger.

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