Inside Out

A Desert Monastery

A brother questioned Abba Arsenius to hear a word of him and the old man said to him, ‘Strive with all your might to bring your interior activity into accord with God, and you will overcome exterior passions.’ He also said, ‘If we seek God, he will show himself to us, and if we keep him, he will remain close to us.’

-—Sayings of the Desert

Insider trading is buying stocks with information not known to the public and reaping large profits as a result. It is illegal in our country. But with our relationship to our God it is a very desirable thing to get to know Him by our interior activity so that our exterior behavior would prove to be very profitable and good. The challenge of the desert and of our world is to contain our passions. In doing so, we become people of love and grace.

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