Now therefore know that the saints and the righteous, clothed in the Spirit, pray for us always that we may be humbled before God, and put on again the garment that we had put off, in our intellectual substance. For often also has that voice come from God the Father to all who are clothed in the Spirit, saying to them, ‘Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith the Lord: priests, speak to the heart of Jerusalem.’ (Isa. 40:1-2) For God always visits His creatures, and bestows His goodness upon them.
[From the Letters of St. Antony the Great]
“The wax melts when it comes near the fire, and thus the virtues of the ascetic disappear when he is in proximity with the world.”
“Live as though you expect to die every day, and be constantly vigilant over your souls. Remember the teachings and instructions I have given you and do not participate with the dissidents and the Arian heretics, because you well know how I always despised them because of their vile heresy. They have the audacity to fight Jesus Christ and His teachings. Seriously make every effort to first unite with Him, and then with the Saints so that they receive you with joy, as friends, in the heavenly kingdom. Engrave these things in your hearts, and if you wish to prove your love for me and consider me as your father, do not allow the transfer of my body to the city, for the fear that its people might keep it in their homes. It was for this reason that made me flee to die on this mountain. Bury me in the ground and reveal to no one the place of my burial, so that when the day of the resurrection comes, this body will be free from corruption to be received by Jesus Christ, the first fruit of the Resurrection.”
“Continue in righteousness as you have done and do not forsake the fruits of the holy works you have undertaken for many years, but struggle as though you are just starting and your zeal will increase. You know the wiles of Satan and his cruelty, however do not ignore his weakness and do not fear him, but trust in Jesus Christ and have no other desire except to serve Him.”
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