Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Abraham the greatest exile

Venerable John Climacus ~ The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Step 3 ~ On Exile

¶20. No one has surrendered himself to exile to such an extent as that great man who heard: 'Go forth out of thy land, and out of thy kindred, and out of the house of thy father.' And then he was called into a barbarous land that spake another tongue.
¶21. Sometimes the Lord has brought more glory to the man who has separated after the manner of this great patriarch, but even if glory is God-given, yet it is excellent to divert it from oneself with the shield of humility.

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