Here (and here) is some great quote blogging about some desert wisdom from A Labrynthine Journey:
Never separate yourself from the holy example of Christ, who said, “Learn of me for I am meek and humble of heart.” First make a point of acquiring a peaceful state of soul, so that correction is given not out of pretended righteousness or for the pleasure of rebuking, but as a duty performed for the sake of love and cleanness of heart. Building up your brother in this way, you shall hear a voice saying to you, “If you extract what is precious from what is unclean, you shall be compared to my own voice. (Jeremiah 15:19)” [Dorotheos of Gaza: Discourses and Sayings, Eric Wheeler, trans, Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, 1977, page 239]
More from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Benedicta Ward, trans, Cistercian Publications, 1975).
This one comes from Abba Arsenius who was originally a tutor in the Royal Court in Rome, then left it all for the solitude of the Egyptian desert.
A brother questioned Abba Arsenius to hear a word of him and the old man said to him, “Strive with all your might to bring your interior activity in accord with God, and you will overcome exterior passions.” [Arsenius Saying # 9, page 10]
Rev. Moris, I hope you don’t mind. Your posts really mean a lot to me.
I still believe that a majority of the things that we find wrong with other people really stem from things that are unsatisfying about ourselves.That’s a bitter pill to swallow sometimes. Then again, the treatment isn’t always pleasant, but it gets the job done.
When you wear a lot of hats, sometimes you wish you could wear the other one a little more.
Sometimes it’s better not to talk.
Sometimes it’s better to be graceful than to do what feels satisfying.
God is bigger than you.
To our prayers, O Lord, we join our unfeigned thanks for all your mercies; for our being, for our reason, and all other endowments and faculties of soul and body; for our health, friends, food, and raiment, and all the other comforts and conveniences of life. Above all, we adore your mercy in sending your only Son into the world, to redeem us from sin and eternal death, and in giving us the knowledge and sense of our duty towards you. We bless you for your patience with us, nothwithstanding our many and great provocations; for all the directions, assistances, and comforts of your Holy Spirit; for your continual care and watchful providence over us through the whole course of our lives; and particularly for the mercies and benefits of the past day; beseeching you to continue your blessings to us, and to give us grace to show our thankfulness in a sincere obedience to his laws, through whose merits and intercession we received them all, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.