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Helping Others Realize They Are "Meant to House the Fullness of God"

John of Kronstadt … was a nineteenth-century Russian Orthodox priest at the time when alcohol abuse was rampant. None of the priests ventured out of their churches to help the people. They waited for the people to come to them. John, compelled by love, went out into the streets. People said he would lift the hungover, foul-smelling people from the gutter, cradle them in his arms, and say to them, "This is beneath your dignity. You were meant to house the fullness of God." …

Like John of Kronstadt, we can say to the broken, "Your brokenness does not define you. You are one in whom Christ dwells. You were meant to house the fullness of God."

We welcome them like the prodigal son, restoring them to their true birthright, even if they have trouble accepting it.

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