Let us keep in mind what Thrasea, the mildest of men and for that reason also the greatest, often used to say: “Who hates faults, hates mankind.”
– Pliny the Younger, Letters 8.22.2-3
Especially our own faults!
I picture the moment when Chana stoop up to Eli, and defended herself from his confused accusations, as the moment when she stopped hating her failings, and ceased to hate herself.
Her prayers were heard only once she stopped hating herself.
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