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On Christian Doctrine In Four Books by St. Augustine

Chapter 33. But now, if every one to whom we ought to showà

33. But now, if every one to whom we ought to show, or who ought to show to us, the of offices of mercy is by right called a neighbour, it is manifest that the command to love our neighbour embraces the holy angels also, seeing that so great offices of mercy have been performed by them on our behalf, as may easily be shown by turning the attention to many passages of Holy Scripture. And on this ground even God Himself, our Lord, desired to be called our neighbour. For our Lord Jesus Christ points to Himself under the figure of the man who brought aid to him who was lying half dead on the road, wounded and abandoned by the robbers. And the Psalmist says in his prayer, |I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother.| But as the Divine nature is of higher excellence than, and far removed above, our nature, the command to love God is distinct from that to love our neighbour. For He shows us pity on account of His own goodness, but we show pity to one another on account of His; -- that is, He pities us that we may fully enjoy Himself; we pity one another that we may fully enjoy Him.
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