LENTEN FIRE: February 24

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

The Holy Cross and the wounds of Christ

Our all-holy father and Spirit-bearing Abba John, dead to sin but alive in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Romans 6:11), boldly confessed pride in the Holy Cross and the wounds of Christ, walking in that which was pleasing to Christ’s good will, purifying a temple for the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:19)

The rock is your father

A brother asked Abba Macarius, “tell me what it is to live in obedience, my father.”

Abba Macarius said to him, “It is like rock: if you use the rock to crush the wheat and extract all the filth from it, the wheat becomes pure bread.  It is the same with you, my child: the rock is your father; you are the wheat.  If you obey your father, he will intercede with the Lord on your behalf.  He will extract all the filth of Satan from you and, instead of pure bread, you too will be a godly son.”

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