Deepening our understanding of brotherhood

Recently I've found myself thinking about family and brotherhood in a somewhat different way. I wanted to feel that I was making progress in my efforts to follow one of the basic tenets of Christianity—Christ Jesus' counsel to love our neighbor as ourselves (see Matt. 22:39). The Master expected us to put this command into practice. Further, he taught us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have wronged us "until seventy times seven" (see Matt. 18:22).

Yet when we consider the world scene, the wars and murders and rapes and genocide and terrorist acts, loving our enemies can seem very difficult. Even loving our neighbor in daily life is sometimes hard. How can we learn to love our neighbor better?

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