As we come to the end of 2015, we find words for us to contemplate and live by. And we see that the truth which the Holy Fathers taught is simply a further expression of Scripture.
“As he was dying, Abba Benjamin said to his disciples: ‘If you observe the following, you can be saved:
“Be joyful at all times!
Pray without ceasing!
And give thanks for all things!”
(In the Heart of the Desert: The Spiritual Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers by John Chryssavgis, p 105)
Those last words of the dying desert father, are words of life taken from St. Paul.
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)