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Two Swords

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  • byakimov@csc.com.au
    Two Swords Holy souls read Holy Scripture with great diligence concentrating on every word and placing themselves before the mirror of the Word of God as
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 17, 2003
      Two Swords

      Holy souls read Holy Scripture with great diligence concentrating on every
      word and placing themselves before the mirror of the Word of God as before
      the Dread Judgment. Their diligence was so great in this that some of the
      ascetics undertook distant journeys in order to come to a spiritual sage
      who would interpret for them a word or a saying from Holy Scripture.
      Whenever it was possible, this was accomplished through correspondence. It
      is from this that a complete collection of the letters of the saints
      remained [survived] such as those of Saints Basil, Gregory, Chrysostom,
      Isidore of Pelusium, Nilus of Sinai and many others. One day St. Cosmas
      pondered on the words of the Lord Christ when He, in the Garden of
      Gethsemane, asked His disciples whether they had a sword. When His
      disciples said to Him: "Lord, behold, here are two swords. And He said to
      them, it is enough" (St. Luke 22:38). Being unable to explain these words
      himself, St. Cosmas decided to cross over the wilderness to the distant
      Lavra called Pirga to the illustrious Abba Theophilus to inquire of him.
      With great difficulty did St. Cosmas succeed to reach his goal. Theophilus
      explained to him: "The two swords signify the two-fold order of a
      god-pleasing life: deeds and visions, i.e., labor and awakening of the mind
      to godly thoughts and prayer. Whoever has both of these, he is perfect."
                                                      Prologue of Ochrid
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