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a passionate repentance

An old man was asked, "How can a fervent brother not be shocked when…

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may God stand
An old man was asked, "How can a fervent brother not be shocked
when he sees others returning to the world?" And he said, "Watch the
dogs who chase hares. When one of them has seen a hare, he pursues it
until he catches it, without being concerned with anything else. The
others, seeing the dog launched in pursuit, run with it for a short time
and soon come back. Only the one who has seen the hare follows it till
he catches it, not letting himself be turned from his course by those
who go back, and not caring about the ravines, rocks, and undergrowth.
So it is with him who seeks Christ as Master; ever mindful of the Cross,
he cares nothing about any of the scandals that occur, till he reaches
the Crucified One."
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