Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Saying of the Day

A brother came to see Abba Macarius the Egyptian, and said to him, "Abba, give me a word, that I may be saved." So the old man said, "Go to the cemetery and abuse the dead." The brother went there, abused them and threw stones at them; then he returned and told the old man abut it. The latter said to him, "Didn't they say anything to you?" He replied, "no." The old man said, "Go back tomorrow and praise them." So the brother went away and praised them, calling them, :Apostles, saints and righteous men." He returned to the old man and said to him, "I have complimented them." And the old man said to him, "Did they not answer you?" The brother said no. The old man said to him, "You know how you insulted them and they did not reply, and how you praised them and they did not speak; so you too if you wish to be saved must do the same and become a dead man. Like the dead, take no account of either the scorn of men or their praises, and you can be saved."

Sayings. Macarius the Great. 23


  1. Rev. Eric J Brown said...

    So in the winkels I will heap scorn upon you, and at the Confessional Studies I will heap praise upon you >=o)