ADVENT FIRE: December 22

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

The Grace of the Cell

The angels entered Lot’s house. (Genesis 19:3)
The angel entered the house of Tobias and Tobit and his wife. (Tobias 5:10, 5:18)
He also entered the house of Manoah.(Judges 13)

Now, then, give yourself to the grace of the cell.  All healing will take place for you there.

Accidie Will Weigh Down Your Soul

Amma Theodora said, “It is good to live in peace, for the wise person practices perpetual prayer. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)  It is truly a great thing for a virgin or a monk to live in peace, especially for the younger ones.  However, you should realize that as soon as you intend to live in peace, at once evil comes and weighs down your soul through accidie, faintheartedness, and evil thoughts.  It also attacks your body through sickness, debility, weakening of the knees, and all the members.  It dissipates the strength of soul and body, so that one believes one is ill and no longer able to pray.  But if we are vigilant, all these temptations fall away.”

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