Tears

V.iii.9. Once the old men of Mount Nitria sent to abba Macarius in Scete asking him to visit them and telling him that a large crowd was about to visit him if he did not come to them, for they longed to see him before he departed to the Lord. So he came to the mountain and met a large gathering of all the brothers who asked him to give them a word. He however shed tears and said, “Let us weep, my brothers, let our eyes shed tears before we depart hence, that tears may waste away our flesh.” And they all wept and fell on their faces saying, “Father, pray for us.”

From De Vitis Patrum, Book V, Libellus 3: Compunction.

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