Abba Macarius of Egypt

A story from: The Ancient Fathers of the Desert: Introduction and Commentary, Translated by V. Rev. Chrysostomos

“When I was a child,” the Holy Makarios once said, “I grazed cattle along with other children. One day they went to steal figs and took me along. When we returned to the herd, one of the figs fell from their basket and I picked it up and ate it. Even now that my hair has grown white, I remember that sin and I lament.”




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