Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Saying of the Day

Some brothers who had some seculars with them went to see Abba Felix and they begged him to say a word to them. But the old man kept silence. After they had asked for a long time he said to them, "You wish to hear a word?" They said, "Yes, abba." Then the old man said to them, "There are no more words nowadays. When the brothers used to consult the old men and when they did what was said to them, God showed them how to speak. But now, since they ask without doing that which they hear, God has withdrawn the grace of the word from the old men ad they do not find anything to say, because there are no longer any who carry their words out." Hearing this, the brothers groaned, saying, "Pray for us, abba."

Sayings. Felix. 1

3 comments :

  1. Anastasia Theodoridis said...

    Yup. God only reveals His will for any given situation to whoever is willing to DO it.

    Because, of course, it's better for the soul not to KNOW (for sure) what God's will is than to know it clearly and refuse to do it.

  2. Ben said...

    Wanted to say hello from a Catholic reader and say thanks for posting the "Saying of the Day" series, I really like it.

  3. Christopher D. Hall said...

    Anastasia, we Lutherans tend to do well with knowing what the Word says, but the execution of it is greatly lacking, so this saying (obviously based on our Lord's saying (Luke 8:21; Jam 1:22).

    Ben, welcome! Thanks for reading and commenting.