A line from The Tree of Life, which comes from The Brothers Karamazov.

Love people even in their sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all of God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.

Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karammazov (Macmillan: New York, 1922), 339.


“Love everyone, every leaf, every ray of light. Forgive”

Patrick Schreiner

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I teach New Testament at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. I am married with three children. This blog, against all wisdom, includes anything I am interested in. That includes movies, music, theology, culture, hermeneutics, the Gospels, and politics. Feel free to comment and let me know you are reading or that you have found something helpful. I reserve the right to delete unhelpful or rude comments. Many of these posts are simply things I find interesting and therefore I am not asserting I agree with everything I link to.

One response to “Love everyone, every leaf, every ray of light. Forgive”

  1. A parallel experience? Campbell wrote in his book Baksheesh & Brahman of the Hindu Saint Ramakrishna’s “…overwhelming experience of divine bliss – nirviikalpa samadhi- and thereafter was ‘God-intoxicated’. Ramakrishna said, speaking of his own illumination, “Like a madman I began to shower flowers in every direction. Whatever I saw, I worshipped’.”

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