[Today is the feast day of the Holy Abba Anthony, the first Christian monk.
“We have not lived your life, nor practised your ways, so remember us in your prayers, Peniot Abba Antonious”]
The brethren came to the Abba Anthony and said to him, “Speak a word; how are we to be saved?” The old man said to them, “You have heard the Scriptures. That should teach you how.” But they said, “We want to hear from you too, Father.” Then the old man said to them, “The Gospel says, ‘if anyone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.'” (Matt. 5.39) They said, “We cannot do that.” The old man said, “If you cannot offer the other cheek, at least allow one cheek to be struck.” “We cannot do that either,” they said. So he said, “If you are not able to do that, do not return evil for evil,” and they said, “We cannot do that either.” Then the old man said to his disciples, “Prepare a little brew of corn for these invalids. If you cannot do this, or that, what can I do for you? What you need is prayers.”
[Abba Anthony the Father of Monks, Apophthegmata Patrum]
3 thoughts on “How are we to be saved? – Abba Anthony the Great”
We have not lived your life, nor practiced your ways, so remember us in your prayers – What does that even mean? Who is the person Abba Antonios was talking to?
These lines were not spoken by Abba Antonios – they are the lines from a verse from a madeeha (Arabic for a praise) hymn sung for him, typically in the month of Kiahk and on his feast day.
oh sorry, looking back, the punctuation shows that it wasn’t a quote. My mistake.