LENTEN FIRE: Tuesday in Holy Week

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

As for me

A brother went to Abba Matoës and said to him, “How is it that the monks of Scetis did more than the Scriptures required in loving their enemies more than themselves?”

Abba Matoës said to him, “As for me, I have not yet managed to love those who love me as much as I love myself.”

A torn cloak

A soldier asked Abba Mius if God accepted repentance.

After the old man had taught him many things, he said to the soldier, “Tell me, my dear, if your cloak is torn do you throw in away?”

The soldier replied, “No.  I mend it and use it again.”

The old man said to him, “If you are so careful about your cloak, will not God be equally careful about his creature?”

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