Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers

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Abba Ammonas was asked, "What is the narrow and hard way?" (Matt. 7:14). He replied, "The narrow and hard way is this, to control your thoughts, and to strip yourself of your own will, for the sake of God. This is also the meaning of the sentence, "Lo, we have left everything and followed you.’" (Matt. 19:27) The Desert Fathers



Abba Ammonas was asked, "What is the ‘narrow and hard way?’" (Matthew 7:14). He replied, "The ‘narrow and hard way’ is this, to control your thoughts, and to strip yourself of your own will, for the sake of God. This is also the meaning of the sentence, ‘Lo, we have left everything and followed you.’" (Matthew 19:27) Sr. Benedicta Ward, "The Sayings of the Desert Fathers," (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1975), pp. 25-28





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