It was said of Abba John that when he went to church at Scetis, he heard some brothers arguing, so he returned to his cell. He went round it three times and then went in. Some brothers who had seen him wondered why he had done this, and they went to ask him. He said to them, “My ears were full of that argument, so I circled round in order to purify them, and thus I entered my cell with my mind at rest.”
—Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Editor, Writings of the Desert Fathers & Mothers (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don’t be troubled or afraid.
—John 14:27 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.
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