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Excerpts from the Apophthegmata Patrum. An old man said, “The monk must purchase his stillness by being despised whenever the opportunity presents itself: An old man said, “If it were possible, at the time of the coming of Christ after the resurrection, paatrum men’s souls should die of fear, the whole world would die of terror and confusion.

Formation and Reformations of the Apophthegmata Patrum | Samuel Rubenson –

What a sight, to see the heavens open and God revealed in anger and wrath, and innumerable armies apophthegmara angels and, at the same time, apophtegmata whole of humanity. Therefore, we ought to live as having to give account to God of our way of life every day.

A brother asked an old man, “How can I be saved? In the contest, the athlete fight with his fists, in his thoughts, the monk stands, his arms stretched out in the form of a cross to heaven, calling on God.

The athlete stands naked when fighting in a contest, the monk stands naked and stripped of all things, anointed with oil and taught by his master how to fight.

So God leads to victory. Syncletica of holy memory said, “Sore is the toil and struggle of the unrighteous when they turn to God, and afterwards is joy ineffable. For even as with those who would kindle a fire, they first are beset with smoke, and from the pain of the smoke they weep, and so they come at what they desired. An old man saw one laughing, and said to him, “In the presence of Heaven and earth we are to give account of our whole life to God; and thou dost l laugh?

A disciple said of his abba that for twenty whole years he never lay down on his side but slept sitting on the seat on which he worked. He ate there every second or patrim fourth or fifth day for twenty years, and while he ate, he stretched out one hand in prayer and ate with the other.

When I said to him, “What is this about? Why do you do this, abba? An old man practiced the ascesis of not drinking for forty days, and if by chance it happened to be hot, patrmu rinsed his jug, filled it with water and hung it in front of him.

Questioned by a brother as to the reason for his doing this, he replied, “It is so that my thirst may cause me greater pain, so that I may receive greater reward from God. An old man said, “Every time a thought of superiority or vanity moves you, examine your conscience to see if you have kept all the commandments, if you love your enemies and are grieved at their sins, if you consider yourself as an unprofitable servant and the greatest sinner of all.

Even then, do not pretend to great ideas as though you were perfectly right, for this thought destroys everything. A famous anchorite came to take counsel on high things with the abbot Pastor, but the old man turned away his head, and the anchorite went away aggrieved. His disciple asked Pastor why he had refused to talk with a man so great and of such reputation in his own country, and the old man said that his visitor could speak of heavenly things, but that himself was of earth.

An old man said, “In all trials do not blame others but only yourself, saying, “It is because of my sins that this has happened. A brother asked an old man, “What is the work of one who lives an exile?


Some of the others were grieved at this and they went to call him back. Afterwards they asked him, “What was in your heart when you were driven away and then brought back again? When it is driven away it goes and when it is called, it comes. A brother questioned an old man, “Tell me something which I can do, so that I may live by it,” and the old man said, “If you can bear to be despised, that is a great thing, more than all the other virtues. The old men used to say, “When we do not experience warfare, we ought so much the more to humiliate ourselves.

For God, seeing our weakness, protects us; when we glorify ourselves, he withdraws his protection and we are lost. A brother asked an old man, “If I am living with some brethren and see something contrary to what is right, do you want me to say so? For to throw oneself before God signifies this: Be careful that your concern is according to God. As I see it, it is better to keep silence, since this is humility.

The abbot Mathois said, “The nearer a man approaches to God, the greater sinner he sees himself to be. For the prophet Isaiah saw God, and said that he was unclean and undone.

The Apophthegmata Patrum: Text and Context

apphthegmata An old man was asked, “How can I find God? I tell you, many have injured their bodies without discernment and have gone away from us having achieved nothing. Our mouths smell bad through fasting, we know the Scriptures by heart, we recite all the Psalms of David, but we have not that which God seeks: An apkphthegmata man said, “The life of the monk is obedience, meditation, not judging, not slandering, not complaining.

In truth, it is written, “You who love the Lord, hate evil. The life of the monk consists in this. An old man was asked, “What is the straight and narrow way? That is what this means. They told of the abbot Macarius that if he were apkphthegmata holiday with the brethren, and wine was brought, and he drank for the brethren’s sake, he set this bond upon himself that for one cup of wine, he would drink no water for a whole day.

And the brethren, eager to give him pleasure, would bring him wine. And the old man would take it joyously, apophrhegmata torment himself thereafter. But his disciple, knowing the reason, said to the brethren, “For God’s sake do not give it him, for he brings under his body with torments thereafter in his cell.

One of the brethren asked the abbot Isidore, an old man in Scete, saying, “Wherefore do the devils fear thee so mightily? Against the [thought of aptrum, another old man said, “Be like him who passes through the market place in front of an inn and breathes the smell of cooking and roasting. If he enjoys, he goes inside to eat some of it; if not, he only inhales apopthhegmata smell in passing and goes on his way.

It is the same for you: For we do not have to uproot the passions, but resist them. The abbot Daniel used to say, “Even as the body flourishes, so does the soul become withered: A brother who lived in the world had three children. He withdrew to a monastery leaving them in the city.

After spending three years in the monastery, his thoughts began to remind him of his children, and he was very uneasy about them.

Now he had not told the abba that he had children. The abba, seeing him depressed, said to him, “What is the matter, why are you depressed? The abba ordered him to do so. Going to the city, he found the first two were dead, and he took back the remaining one. He apopbthegmata to the monastery and looking for the abba, he found him in the bakery.


Seeing him, the abba greeted him, and ;atrum the child in his arms, he covered him with kisses, saying to the child’s father, “Do you love him? Through this act he received glory like the patriarch Abraham. A brother asked an old man, “What shall I do, father, for I am not acting at all like a monk, but I eat, drink, and sleep carelessly, and I have evil thoughts and I am in great trouble, passing from one work to another and from one thought to another?

For I think the little you can do not is of equal value to the great deeds which Abba Anthony accomplished on the mountain, and I believe that by remaining sitting in your cell for the name of God, and guarding your conscience, you appphthegmata will find the place where Abba Anthony is. The abbot Macarius the elder used to say to the brethren in Scete, “When mass is ended in the church, flee, my brothers. A brother who was weighed down with the temptation to leave the monastery informed his abba, who said to him, “Go, and sit in your cell and give your body in pledge to the walls of the cell, and do not come out of it.

Let your imagination think what apophthegmaha likes, only do not let your body leave the cell. An old man said, “The monk’s cell is like the furnace of Babylon, where the three children found the Son of God, and it is like the apophthegmatx of cloud where God xpophthegmata with Moses.

A certain brother came to the apophthegmsta Moses in Scete seeking a word from him. And the old man said to him, “Go sit in thy cell, and thy cell shall teach thee all things. An old man said, “When someone asks something of you, even if you do violence to yourself in giving it to him, your thought must take pleasure in the gift according to that which is written, “If someone asks you to go a mile, go two miles with him!

An ascetic, having found someone possessed by the devil and unable to fast, and being as it is written moved by the love of Patru, and seeking not his own good but the good of the other, prayed that the devil might pass into himself and that the other might be liberated. God heard his prayer. At last, because patrumm his charity, God drove the devil away from him after a few days.

Anthony said, That with our neighbor there is life and death: And old man was asked by a certain soldier if God received a penitent man. They said of the abbot Macarius the elder, that even as God doth protect all the world and beareth the sins of men, so was he to the brethern as it might be an earthly God, for he coverd up their faults, and what things he saw or heard, it was as though apophthemgata saw not and heard not. A brother asked an old man, saying, “What thing is there so good that I may do it and live?

The Scripture saith that Abraham was hospitable, and God was with him. And Elias loved quiet, and God parum with him. And David was humble, and God was with him.

What therefore thou findest that they soul desireth in following God, that do, and keep thy heart. Excerpts from the Apophthegmata Patrum Compuntio 1.