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Day Fourteen : 16th December

16 December 2006

Advent week two: PEACE

and from: The Wisdom of the Desert:
Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century

translated and introduced by Thomas Merton


Two brethren went to an elder who lived alone in Scete. And the first one said: Father, I have learned all of the Old and New Testaments by heart. The elder said to him: You have filled the air with words. The other one said: I have copied out the Old and New Testaments and have thme in my cell. And to this one the elder replied: You have filled your window with parchment. But do you not know Him who said: The kingdom of God is not in words, but in power? And again, Not those who hear the Law will be justified before God but those who carry it out. They asked him, therefore, what was the way of salvation, and he said to them:
The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, and humility with patience.