Saturday, June 27, 2009

More Abba Moses…

On one occasion Abba Moses of Patara was engaged in a war against fornication, and he could not endure being in ‎his cell, and he went and informed Abba Isidore of it; and the elder entreated him to return to his cell, but he would ‎not agree to this. And having said, “Abba, I cannot bear it,” the elder took him up to the roof of his cell, and said ‎unto him, “Look to the west,” and when he looked he saw multitudes of devils with troubled and terrified aspects, ‎and they showed themselves in the forms of phantoms which were in fighting attitudes. Abba Isidore said unto him, ‎‎“Look to the east,” and when he looked he saw innumerable holy angels standing there, and they were in a state of ‎great glory. Then Abba Isidore said unto him, “Behold, those who are in the west are those who are fighting with the ‎holy ones, and those whom you have seen in the east are they who are sent by God to the help of the saints, for those ‎who are with us are many.” And having seen this Abba Moses took courage and returned to his cell without fear.‎

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Abba Poemen said: Abba Moses asked Abba Zechariah a question when he was about to die, saying, “Abba, is it ‎good that we should hold our peace?” And Zechariah said to him, “Yes, my son, hold your peace.” And at the time ‎of his death, while Abba Isodore was sitting with him, Abba Moses looked up to heaven and said, “Rejoice and be ‎glad, O my son Zechariah, for the gates of heaven have been opened.” ‎

[with thanks to The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of LA’s website]

1 comment:

  1. I've worn out two copies of the alphabetical collection in my 17 years as a Catholic. I find the sayings so encouraging. Peace.

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