The Philosopher’s prayer reminds us, that the true love is centered in Jesus Christ. True love is the love that Jesus showed as he “emptied himself” (Phil. 2:7) of his divine glory, came to the world and died for us on the cross. True love says I give you love the same way God has given me love, freely and unconditionally. To love someone else, to have compassion, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit those in prison is the result of acknowledging that Jesus is present in all people. We may not like them. We may not like what they do, but we love them as Christ loves us.
Hovhannes Sarkavag Imastaser (1045–1129), was a medieval Armenian multi-disciplinary scholar known for his works on philosophy, theology, mathematics, cosmology, and literature. Imastaser was also a gifted hymnologist and pedagogue. He was one of the prominent abbots of the Haghpat Monastry, Armenia. (Quote’s background).