ADVENT FIRE: December 7

From Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers 

Two Pairs of Sandals

Amma Theodora said, “There was a monk who, because of the great number of his temptations, said, “I will go away from here.”

As he was putting on his sandals, he saw another monk who was also putting on his sandals and this other monk said to him, “Is it on my account that you are going away?  Because I go before you wherever you are going.”

Wing Feathers on a Lump of Wood

They said of Abba Pambo that his face never smiled.  So one day, wishing to make him laugh, the demons stuck wing feathers on to a lump of wood and brought it in, making an uproar and saying, “Go, go!”

When he saw them, Abba Pambo began to laugh and the demons started to say in chorus, “Ha! Ha! Pambo has laughed!”

But in reply he said to them, “I have not laughed, but I made fun of your powerlessness, because it takes so many of you to carry a wing.”

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