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C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers




A
 brother at Scetis committed a fault. A council was called to which Abba Moses* was invited, but he refused to go to it. Then the priest sent someone to say to him, “Come, for everyone is waiting for you.” So he got up and went, taking a leaking jug filled with water and carrying it with him.

The others came out to meet Abba Moses when he arrived and said to him, “What is this, Father?”

The old man said to them, “My sins run out behind me and I do not see them, and today I am coming to judge the errors of another.”

When they heard the words of Abba Moses, they had nothing more to speak against the brother who had committed the fault, but forgave him.

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* St. Moses the Black (330-405 A.D.):  The power of repentance transformed this infidel slave, who was a murderer, adulterer and robber into a great Desert Father, teacher, comforter, and priest, who wrote rules for the monks, and is a martyr-saint whose name continues to be mentioned on the altar and in our prayers. His feast day is on August 28.

Abba Moses the Ethiopian, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, trans. Benedicta Ward (Trapist: Cistercian Publications, 1975) 138-139.

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