Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: Abba Moses the Black

“Come, my child, and taste of the blessed life of obedience,” Abba Moses told a young man who was ready to follow the monastic life. “In this life, you will find humility, strength, joy, patience, and forbearance. Within it, contrition is born and love blossoms. It aids the good monastic disciple to keep all of the divine commandments throughout his life.”

How many of us think about obedience to God as a living, vital force in our lives?  I know I don’t as often as I would like. There is real joy to be found in obedience to God.  For one thing, it causes us to become more like the person God created us to be, our truest self.


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