LENTEN FIRE: March 10

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

Sin and penitence, love and pride

Abba Elias, the minister, said, “What can sin do where there is penitence?  And of what use is love where there is pride?”

A demon with a wineskin

Abba Elias said, “I saw someone who was carrying a skin of wine on his arm and, in order to make the demon blush, for it was a fantasy, I said to the brother, ‘Of your charity take off your cloak.’  He took off his cloak, and was not found to be carrying anything.  I say that so you may not believe even that which you see or hear.  Even more, observe your thoughts and beware of what you have in your heart and your spirit, knowing that the demons put ideas into you so as to corrupt your soul by making it think of that which is not right, in order to turn your spirit from the consideration of your sins and God.”

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