Never confuse the person with the evil

Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illnes, a devilish reverie.

But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement.

We need prayer, discernment and a good relationship with God in order to see clearly behind the smoke of our passions.

Based on St. John of Kronstadt

In this photo a monk is waiting with a small hand censer during a litany