Loving God is essential to loving our neighbour (Augustine)

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However, no one loves his neighbour unless he loves God, and, by loving him as himself to the limit of his ability, he pours out his love on him so that he, too, may love God. But, if he does not love God, he loves neither himself nor his neighbour.

Augustine of Hippo, ‘Letter 167 to Jerome, 415’ in Letters: Volume IV (c. 420-30), trans. Wilfred Parsons, The Fathers of the Church: A New Translation, vol. 30 (Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1955), p. 46.
 
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