LENTEN FIRE: Palm Sunday

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

Short and simple

Abba Paul said, “Keep close to Jesus.”

Bread and cheese

One time a magistrate came to visit Abba Simon.  The clergy went on ahead and said to the old man, “Abba, get ready.  The magistrate has heard of you and is coming for your blessing.”

So he said, “Yes, I will prepare myself.”  Then he put on a rough habit and taking some bread and cheese in his hands, went and sat in the doorway to eat it.

When the magistrate arrived with his retinue and saw him, he despised him and said, “Is this the anchorite of whom we have heard so much?”  And they went away at once.

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