A Word From the Desert


October 24, 2015

Obedience

Two brothers by blood went to live in a monastery. One was an ascetic and the other was very obedient. When the father told him to do this or that, he would do it; if to eat in the morning, he would eat.

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October 10, 2015

Thoughts

What condemns us is not that thoughts enter into us but...

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October 3, 2015

Care Of The Sick

A brother questioned an old man, saying, ‘Here are two brothers. One of them leads a solitary life for six days a week, giving himself much pain, and the other serves the sick. Whose work does God accept with the greater favour?’

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September 12, 2015

Know One’s Own Measure

An old man said, “The reason why we do not make progress is because we do not know our own measure...

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September 4, 2015

Foaming In The Mouth

A man possessed by the devil, who was foaming terribly at the mouth, struck a hermit-monk on the cheek.

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September 4, 2015

Unholy Pleasures

One of the Fathers used to say that some old men were sitting one day and talking of what was useful to the soul.

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September 2, 2015

Let Him Rest

Some monks said to Abba Poemen, “When we see brothers dozing during the services in church, should we rouse them so that they can be watchful?"

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September 2, 2015

Blessed are the Peacemakers

It was said that there were three friends who were not afraid of hard work. The first chose to reconcile those who were fighting each other, as it is said, ‘Blessed are the peace-makers’.

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September 2, 2015

Sit In Your Cell

‘Sit in your cell and it will teach you everything,’ the desert elders said. The point was that unless a person could find God HERE...

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September 2, 2015

How Should I Judge?

One of the marks of the elders was that they did not judge. Macarius, they said, was like God ‘who shieds the world and bears the sin of all; so he shielded the brethren and when anyone sinned he would not hear or see it.’

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