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a passionate repentance

One day the patriarch John (the Almsgiver) gave to one of his…

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may God stand
One day the patriarch John (the Almsgiver) gave to one of his servants
who had been reduced to extreme poverty two pounds of gold with his own
hands so that no one might know of it. When his servant said, "After
this gift I shall no longer have the courage to look you in the face, a
face so dear, so like an angel's," he made this wise and praiseworthy
answer, "I have not yet shed my blood on your behalf, brother, as
Christ, our God, my Master and the Master of us all, commanded me."
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