“When God wants to have Mercy on someone, He inspires someone else to Pray for him, and He helps in this Prayer.”
Saint Silouan had an immense love for every single person, and all of God’s creation. He often thought about Eternal Life and Prayed that every Soul will be Saved and be with God.
I remember a conversation between him and a certain hermit, who declared with evident satisfaction, “God will punish all atheists. They will burn in everlasting fire.” Obviously upset, the Staretz said: “Tell me, supposing you went to Paradise and there looked down and saw somebody burning in hell-fire – would you feel happy?” “It can’t be helped. It would be their own fault,” said the hermit. The Staretz answered him with a sorrowful countenance: “Love could not bear that,” he said. “We must Pray for all”.
“With all your power, ask the Lord for humility and brotherly love, because God freely gives His Grace for love towards one’s brother. Do an experiment on yourself: one day ask God for love towards your brother, and another day – live without love. You will see the difference.”