On the day of his feast…

What is a merciful heart?
It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation,
for humanity, for the birds, for the animals,
for demons, and for all that exists.
By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person
pour forth tears in abundance.
By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart,
and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled
and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow
in anything in creation.
For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually
even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of the truth,
and for those who harm him,
that they be protected and receive mercy.
And in like manner such a person prays for the family of reptiles
because of the great compassion that burns without measure
in a heart that is in the likeness of God.