"And it is only by the observance of the first and
greatest commandment that we can keep the second.
The more we love God, the more we shall love man;
the less we love God, the less we shall, in the true
sense of the word, love man. Our love will become
capricious, fitful, and unreliable—not charity, but
passion. If you feel that your love for your fellowman
is dying out in the fumes of selfishness, there is but
one way to revive it: strive for, pray for, the
love of God.
As the heart turns toward its source, it will be
quickened and expanded. There is no true, no l
asting spirit of charity apart from the practice
of religion. Therefore, we cannot keep those
commandments which teach us our duty to men
unless we are keeping those which teach us our duty to God."
— Fr. Basil W. Maturin, Christian Self-Mastery, p. 160