St. Maximos: What Separates Us From The Love Of Friends.... - Nyssa's Hobbit Hole
What separates us from the love of friends is envying or being envied, causing or receiving harm, insulting or being insulted, and suspicious thoughts. Would that you had never done or experienced anything of this sort and in this way separated yourself from the love of a friend. --St. Maximos the Confessor (Fourth Century on Love no. 21)