What characterizes a person who is universally loved? One whose faith is as fruitful of virtue as it is firmly established. One who is habitually hospitable, distinguished by humility, more willing to give than to receive, has an insatiable desire for doing good, and who never begrudges any act of human kindness being ready to every good work.
These are encouraging excerpts from chapters One and Two of the First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians.
“…your venerable and illustrious name, worthy to be universally loved…For who ever dwelt even for a short time among you, and did not find your faith to be as fruitful of virtue as it was firmly established? Who did not proclaim the magnificence of your habitual hospitality? And who did not rejoice over your perfect and well-grounded knowledge? For ye did all things without respect of persons, and walked in the commandments of God…Ye enjoined young men to be of a sober and serious mind; ye instructed your wives to do all things with a blameless, becoming, and pure conscience…Moreover, ye were all distinguished by humility, and were in no respect puffed up with pride, but yielded obedience rather than extorted it, and were more willing to give than to receive…and carefully attending to His words, ye were inwardly filled with His doctrine, and His sufferings were before your eyes. Thus a profound and abundant peace was given to you all, and ye had an insatiable desire for doing good…Day and night ye were anxious for the whole brotherhood…Ye were sincere and uncorrupted, and forgetful of injuries between one another. Every kind of faction and schism was abominable in your sight. Ye mourned over the transgressions of your neighbors: their deficiencies you deemed your own. Ye never grudged any act of kindness, being ‘ready to every good work.’ Adorned by a thoroughly virtuous life, ye did all things in the fear of God. The commandments and ordinances of the Lord were written upon the tablets of your hearts. Every kind of honor and enlargement was bestowed upon you…”