LENTEN FIRE: March 2

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

What is sufficient

Question: Is it good to possess two tunics? (Matthew 10:10; Luke 9:3)

Answer: To possess two tunics and not to possess evil that stains the whole body is a good thing, for the soul has no need of evil, but the body needs clothing.  Since we have the things we need and they’re sufficient, we are satisfied with them. (Proverbs 30:8 and 1 Timothy 6:8)

You can’t go inside

Abba Isaac of Thebes visited a cenobium and saw a brother doing wrong and condemned him.  When he left for the desert, an angel of the Lord came and stood in front of the door to his cell and said, “I will not let you go inside.”

Abba Isaac importuned him, saying, “What’s the matter?”

In reply, the angel said to  him, “God has sent me to you, saying to me, ‘Say to him, Why do you order me to expel the brother who did wrong?'”

Immediately Abba Isaac repented, saying, “I have sinned.  Forgive me.”

The angel said, “Get up.  God has forgiven you.  But from now on guard against judging someone before God judges him.”

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