Monday, April 11, 2005

Saint Moses the Black





A brother came to Scetis to visit Abba Moses and asked him for a word. The old man said to him, "Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything."

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Blogger atgnatus said...

Xofezura pointed out elsewhere:

Abba Joseph asked Appa Poemen, 'How should one fast?'

Abba Poemen said to him, 'For my part, I think it better than one should eat every day, but only a little, so as not to be satisfied.'

Abba Joseph said to him, 'When you were younger, did you not fast two days at a time, abba?'

The old man said: 'Yes, even for three days and four and the whole week. The Fathers tried all this out as they were able and they found it preferable to eat every day, but just a small amount. They have left us this royal way, which is light.'


Perhaps this is the gift from the Desert Fathers to modern laymen. By their living a live of extreme austerity – by having sat in their cells - they have made a more level path for us. Primarily, it is a path of the Sacraments and prayer. Fasting is a medicine to be used to soothe the turmoil of our bodies so we can enter into the Sacraments and prayer more fully.

They have prescribed a moderate dosage which may be increased or decreased as needed by the particular patient. Perhaps it is best to start with the standard dosage and adjust it as we see its affect on us.

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