fredag 9 november 2012

Be Dead

Abba (father, or wise old man) Macarius was a Christian monk and hermit, living in 4th century Egypt. One of the founders of Christian monasticism, Abba Macarius spent most of his life in the Scetic and Nitrian deserts, along with other famous desert fathers such as Abba Anthony the Great and John the Dwarf.




Below is one of the sayings (apophthegm) attributed to him.



A brother paid a visit to Abba Macarius and said to him, “Tell me a word: how can I be saved?”

The old man said to him, “Go to the tombs. Curse the dead. Throw rocks at them.”


The brother left. He cursed the dead and threw rocks at them, and when he returned to the old man, the old man said to him, “They didn’t say anything to you did they?”


The brother said to him, “No father.”


The old man said to him, “Go tomorrow and glorify them, saying, ‘you are apostles, you are saints and righteous.’”


He returned to the old man and said to him, “I glorified them.”


The old man said to him, “They didn’t say anything to you did they?”


He said, “No.”


The old man said to him, “You have seen how you cursed them and they did not say anything to you, and how you glorified them and they did not respond at all. It should be the same with you too: if you wish to be saved, go, be dead, having no regard for people’s contempt nor their honors, like the dead, and you can be saved.”

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