The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Someone I greatly admire sent me this to read and I want you to read it too, because it’s rich with hope and Truth. I know I post something inspirational on Wednesdays, so think of this as your “Tuesday Inspiration.”

From The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, excerpt from Conversations of Father Zossima

Work without ceasing.  If you remember in the night as you go to sleep, “I have not done what I ought to have done,” rise up at once and do it.  If the people around you are spiteful and callous and will not hear you, fall down before them and beg their forgiveness; for in truth you are to blame for their not wanting to hear you.  And if you cannot speak to them in their bitterness, serve them in silence and in humility, never losing hope.  If all men abandon you and even drive you away by force, then when you are left alone fall on the earth and kiss it, water it with your tears and it will bring forth fruit even though no one has seen or heard you in your solitude.  Believe to the end, even if all men went astray and you were left the only one faithful; bring your offering even then and praise God in your loneliness.  And if two of you are gathered together – then there is a whole world, a world of living love.  Embrace each other tenderly and praise God, for if only in you two His truth has been fulfilled.


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