Elder St Porphyrios on Truly Winning Debates…
In debates, if you say a few words about religion you will prevail. Let
person who has a different opinion give free rein to his thoughts
and speak as much as he likes… Let him sense that he is addressing
himself to a calm and uncontentious person. Influence him through
your graciousness and prayer and then speak briefly. You achieve nothing if you speak heatedly and tell him, for example, What you’re saying
-untrue, a downright lie!’ What will you achieve? Be as sheep among
wolves. What should you do? Show indifference outwardly, but be praying inwardly. Be prepared, know what you are talking about and speak
boldly and to the point, but with saintliness, meekness and prayer. But
in order to be able to do this you must become saints.
Love towards Christ is without limits, and the same is true of love to-
wards our neighbor. It should radiate everywhere, to the ends of the
earth, to every single person.
– Wounded by Love