Ælfric of Eynsham, 10th-century English Benedictine monk, from a sermon
God gives forgiveness to penitent persons and illuminates their minds with his gentle forgiveness, and afterwards he comforts them, because he is the Spirit of Comfort. The test of our love for God is that we be kind to one another. In other words, God wants us to act, so we can honor him with our good works—not by naked words alone—because love is shown through action. If love isn’t willing to work, then it isn’t love.