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Friday October 19 2018, 00H56
In the United States St. Isaac Jogues and his companions, Martyrs 3 lessons
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A certain brother came to Abba Arsenius, and said to him, ' My thoughts vex me, and say, 'You can not fast; and you are not able to labour, therefore visit the sick, which is a great commandment.' ' Then Abba Arsenius, after the manner of one who was well acquainted with the war of devils, said to him, ' Eat, drink, and sleep, and toil not, but on no account go out of your cell '; for the old man knew that dwelling constantly in the cell induces all the habits of the solitary life. And when the brother had done these things for three days he became weary of idleness, and finding a few palm leaves on the ground, he took them and began to split them up, and on the following day he dipped them in water and began to work (i.e., to weave baskets); and when he felt hungry he said, ' I will finish one more small piece of work, and then I will eat.' And when he was reading in the Book, he said, I will sing a few Psalms and say a few prayers, and then I will eat without any compunction.' Thus little by little, by the agency of God, he advanced in the ascetic life until he reached the first rank, and received the power to resist the thoughts and to vanquish them.
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