Jean-Claude Larchet is professor of philosophy and a specialist in Patristics living in France.
On April 3, Archimandrite Tikhon (Shevkunov) presented the French edition of his best-selling book, Everyday Saints and other Stories in Paris, at the libairie La Procure. This edition, entitled, Père Rafaïl et autres saints de tous les jours was translated by Maria Luisa Bonaque. The well-known French Orthodox theologian, Jean-Claude Larchet, wrote a review of Fr. Tikhon’s book, which has been translated into English for us.
Although it is natural and usual to love those who love us and to do good to those who do good to us, to love our enemies is distasteful to our nature. One can say that it isn’t in our power but is an attitude that can only be the fruit of grace, given by the Holy Spirit. This is why St. Silouan the Athonite writes, "The soul that has not known the Holy Spirit does not understand how one can love one’s enemies, and does not accept it."