Be gentlest with the most abrasive people

If you love the good disciples, no one owes you any thanks on that account. But instead, try to subdue the more troublesome ones with your meekness.

Not every kind of wound is healed by the same dressing. Treat violent attacks by gentle applications. In everything, be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove (Matthew 10:16).

This is why you are made of both flesh and spirit, so that you can deal tenderly with the evils that show themselves before you.

Based on Saint Ignatius of Antioch

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