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Tag Archive for ‘faults’

Weep for the Sinner

A brother questioned Abba Poemen in this way, ‘My thoughts trouble me, making me put my sins aside, and concern myself with my brother’s faults.’ The old man told him the following story about Abba Dioscorus, ‘In his cell he wept over himself, while his disciple was sitting in another cell. When the latter came […]

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Enigma

I am such an enigma when trying to understand who I am and why I react the way I do. I often find myself being very harsh towards others, at least in my heart. At the same time I am aware that I either do the same thing, or perhaps something worse in my everyday […]

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Meditation on Ephesians 6:10-20

You don’t hear much about the devil these days. Is he gone? Have his wiles so diminished that we no longer need to fight them by putting on “the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11)? Hardly! Even though Satan and his underlings were defeated at Calvary, they still have some influence until Jesus comes again. […]

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Scripture Mirrors our Soul

Holy Scripture is presented to the mind’s eye as a kind of mirror so that our inner appearance can be seen in it. In this mirror we recognize both the ugliness and the beauty of our soul. We can tell what progress we are mak­ing, or see our utter lack of progress. . . . […]

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Weeping Over My Sins

A brother questioned Abba Poemen in this way, ‘My thoughts trouble me, making me put my sins aside, and concern myself with my brother’s faults’. The old man told him the following story about Abba Dioscorus (the monk), ‘In his cell he wept over himself, while his disciple was sitting in another cell. When the […]

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