November 28, 2015 | A Word From the Desert

In and Out

An old man said to a brother,

'The devil is the enemy and you yourself are the house. The enemy never stops throwing all that he finds into your house, pouring all sorts of impurities over it.

It is your part not to neglect throwing them outside again. If you do not do this, the house will be filled with all sorts of impurities and you will no longer be able to get inside.

All that the other begins to throw in, you should throw out again little by little, and by the grace of Christ your house will remain pure.'

Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Artwork: Phyllis Nicoll