This quote from Writings From the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart seemed
appropriate to post in this forum, as we heal in the aftermath of the recent verbal conflicts. The context is reflection of the
Beatitude of Peacemaking:
"It is best to make peace in your own heart. This is proper for everyone,
and blessed are those who do it. But to make peace
between those who have quarreled is not proper for everyone, but only for
those who can undertake it without harm to themselves. A
weak man must rejoice when there is peace among all men; but he must not
make himself an intermediary for the reconciliation of all
men, but only those whom he loves in God, and even this only if there is no
risk of harming his own soul."
-- St. Barsanuphius and St. John
Directions in Spiritual Work, 123
The source of this quote recommends a selection of letters by these two
sixth century monastic elders that was recently published by St. Vladimir's
Seminary Press -- "Letters from the Desert: Barsanuphius and St. John"
translated and with an introduction by John Chryssavgis.