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a passionate repentance

I really like this. It speaks to a whole mindset of rational calm.

I really like this. It speaks to a whole mindset of rational calm.

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may God stand
A brother came to see Abba Macarius the Egyptian, and said to him,
"Abba, give me a word, that I may be saved." So the old man said, "Go
to the cemetery and abuse the dead." The brother went there, abused
them and threw stones at them; then he returned and told the old man
about it. The latter said to him, "Didn't they say anything to you?"
He replied, "No." The old man said, "Go back tomorrow and praise them."
So the brother went away and praised them, calling them, "Apostles,
saints, and righteous men." He returned to the old man and said to him,
"I have complimented them." And the old man said to him, "Did they not
answer you?" The brother said no. The old man said to him, "You know
how you insulted them and they did not reply, and how you praised them
and they did not speak; so you too if you wish to be saved must do the
same and become a dead man. Like the dead, take no account of either
the scorn of men or their praises and you can be saved."

Abba Macarius the Egyptian
commemorated 19 January

And there it is. Both for the Sufi and for the Christians
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    • Not to ignore kindness, but not to let it overwhelm you to the point where you seek it out above all other things. You have to die, before you die. Die to the world, to the old influences. The true person of God responds to kindness with compassion and he responds to unkindness with compassion just the same.

      I feel as if we become so wrapped up in our search for approval that we lose our peace for it. And that twists us around, until even the approval we're looking for can't help.
  • I keep seeing lovely stories like this from the Desert Fathers. Thank you for posting it!
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