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Tuesday July 14 2020, 15H51
Day 5 of Novena to Saint Bruno
B. Bonifatius, Mon. Past. 3 lect.
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The brothers said, 'What is the meaning of that which Abba Anthony said, ' A monk's cell is the furnace of Babylon, and it is also a pillar of light'?' The old man said, There are two things peculiar to the cell ; the one warms and sets on fire, and the other gives light and rejoicing. To neophytes it is oppressive and troublesome, by reason of the many wars and the dejection which are therein, but it rejoices the perfect and makes them glad, with purity of heart, and impassibility, and revelations of light ; and it is even thus with those who begin to live in silent contemplation, for although at the beginning they are for a considerable time afflicted by the wars of the passions, and by devils, they are never forsaken by the help of Divine Grace. For our Lord Himself, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, Comes to them secretly, and he becomes to them a helper and a companion, and after they have overcome both passions and devils, according- to systematic order, He makes them worthy of the happiness which is in His perfect love, and the revelation of His glorious light.'
Q: "What does one learn in the
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
lumière du désert