Praying for All Mankind

“Those who have been judged worthy to become children of God and to be born from on high of the Holy Spirit…not infrequently weep and distress themselves for the whole human race; they pray for the ‘whole Adam’ with tears, inflamed as they are with spiritual love for all humanity. At times also their spirit is kindled with such joy and such love that, if it were possible, they would take every human being into their heart without distinguishing between good and bad. Sometimes too in humility of spirit they so humble themselves before every human being that they consider themselves to be the last and least important of all. After which the Spirit makes them live afresh in ineffable joy.”

(Pseudo-Macarius, 4th Century AD,  in The Roots of Christian Mysticism, pg. 274)