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Abba Ammon said: On one occasion I and Abba Betimius went to visit Abba Akhila, for we had heard that he was meditating upon the passage, 'Fear you not, O Jacob, to go down to Egypt' (Genesis xlvi, 3), and that he was repeating these words several times; and when we knocked he opened to us, and he asked us, saying, 'From where are ye?' And being afraid to say, ' [We come] from the cells,' we made answer that we were from the Mountain of Nitria, and he brought us in, and we found that he was working by night at plaiting palm leaves, and we asked him, saying, ' Speak a word unto us.' Then he answered and said, 'Between the evening i and the morning I have twisted twenty branches, but in very truth I have no need for all this, only [I am afraid] lest God be angry with me, and He chide me, saying, 'Though you wast able to work you have not done so'; therefore I toil and I work with all my might.'

Q: "What does one learn in the desert?"
Father Mina: "To have an authentic sincere Love towards Christ"
Q: "What experience of God do we make here?"
Father Mina: "We make the experience of the personal intimate friendship with the person of the Lord Jesus-Christ... The interior real lived sentiment of the intimacy with the Lord: I Am with you."
Q: "Thank you"
Father Mina was the first companion of Father Matta El-Maskine, one of the first 7 hermits of the Saint Macarius Monastery. He lives here in the manner of the first monks of the desert.
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