Category Archives: Abba Macarius of Egypt

God’s Company

This practical love of neighbour gives meaning to the characteristic monastic desire to belong entirely to God, which is constantly reaffirmed in these stories. “No human friendships,” teaches Macarius the Great: it is God’s company that must be sought. Restricted … Continue reading

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Remembering evil

if we reflect upon the evils sent against us by the demons we should be able to remain calm, knowing that God in the beginning created all things good … Continue reading

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Like a nursing mother

Repent, therefore, my son; you will see him who is gentle, our Lord Jesus Christ… Continue reading

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Mary has chosen the good part

If any one loves Jesus, and attends to Him in earnest, and not in a casual way, but in love abides by Him, God is already devising to make some return to that soul for its love, Continue reading

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Forgive

then they reckoned those who wronged them as benefactors, because from them they received occasion for their own forgiveness… Continue reading

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How do some fall?

9. Question. How do some fall after the visitation of grace? Is not Satan shown to be much the weaker? Where it is day, how can there be night?  Answer. It is not that grace is quenched or feeble; but … Continue reading

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The monk who hid the money

A certain brother in Nitria died …. He had been miserly rather than greedy, and forgetful of the thirty pieces of silver which betrayed the Lord Jesus. Continue reading

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How to Pray

“You don’t need a lot of words,” he said. “We should just lift up our hands to heaven … Continue reading

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Eternal Life of The Soul

The divine nature contains the bread of life, which said, I am the bread of life, and living water, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and the oil of gladness, and the whole variety of the food … Continue reading

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Bread and Water

For the Lord embodies Himself even in meat and drink… Continue reading

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