The true measure of a man can be seen not by the love he shows towards his friends, but by the degree to which he loves his enemies. For “if you only love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not even the publicans do the same? [So] Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you. And pray for them who persecute you and calumniate you, that you may be the children of your Father who is heaven and who makes His sun rise upon the good and the bad, and rain upon the just and the unjust” (Mt 5:44-46).