From the Desert

The law of freedom teaches all truth. most people read [this law] in the light of what they know, but a few think of it as an analogy for the fulfilling of the commandments. do not look for its perfection in human virtues, for nobody is found to be perfect in them; its perfection is encrypted in the cross of christ.”

Abba Poemen also said, “if a monk hates two things, he can become free of the world.” “what are they?” said the brother to him, and the elder said, “repose of the flesh and vainglory.”

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