Friday, January 17, 2003

from the desert: a few sayings from Abba Anthony on his feast day

Abba Anthony said: "From our neighbor is life and death. If we gain our brother, we gain God, but if we cause our brother to stumble, we sin against Christ."


Abba Anthony said, "I saw the snares that the enemy spread out over the world and I said groaning, "What can get through from such snares?" Then I heard a voice saying to me, "Humility."


The brothers praised a monk in the presence of Abba Anthony. When the monk came to see him, Anthony wanted to know how he would bear insults; and seeing that he could not bear them at all, he said to him, "You are like a village magnificently decorated on the outside, but destroyed from within by robbers."

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