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Gloria Dei homo vivens – St Irenaeus
March 13th, 2017 by Joel Watts

the proper shutting up of #lent

A brother came to Abba Poemen in the second week of Lent and told him his thoughts, and found peace of mind from his answer. Then he said: “I was almost stopped from coming to see you today.” And the old man said: “Why?” And he said: “I was afraid that the door would not be opened as it is Lent.” And Abba Poemen answered him: “We were not taught to shut wooden doors; the door we need to keep shut is the mouth.”1

I pray that I may remain quiet where silence is required.

  1. Owen Chadwick, ed., The Sayings of the Fathers (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1958), 145.
Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


One Response to “the proper shutting up of #lent”
  1. ” For what good is it if we abstain from birds and fishes, but bite and
    devour our brothers?” St John Chrysostom.

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