“…it is hard to see the image of God in people who treat us badly, rail at us and mock us, who look more like animals than human beings; but they must be pitied more than others because their souls are disfigured, perhaps irrevocably. How hard it is to love your enemies, how hard it is to devote your whole life to loving those who swear at you. But we must know that by such love we draw closer to the image of Christ.”
(Elder St Gabriel (Urgebadze) of Georgia)