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« on: July 30, 2016, 06:40:54 PM »

Here is a true story which was preserved by Saint Gregory in Chapter 7 of his Second Book of Dialogues:

“On a certain day, as the venerable Benedict was in his cell, the young Placidus, one of the Saint’s monks, went out to draw water from the lake; and putting his pail into the water carelessly, fell in after it. The water swiftly carried him away, and drew him nearly a bowshot from the land. Now the man of God, though he was in his cell, knew this at once, and called in haste for Maurus, saying: ‘Brother Maurus, run, for the boy who went to the lake to fetch water, has fallen in, and the water has already carried him a long way off!’

A marvelous thing, and unheard of since the time of the Apostle Peter! Having asked for and received a blessing, and departing in all haste at his father’s command, Maurus ran over the water to the place whither the young lad had been carried by the water, thinking that he was going over the land; and took him by the hair of his head, and swiftly returned with him. As soon as he touched the land, coming to himself, he looked back, and realized that he had run on the water. That which he could not have presumed to do, being now done, he both marveled and was afraid of what he had done.

Returning therefore to the father, he told him what had happened. And the venerable Benedict did not attribute this to his own merits, but to the obedience of Maurus. Maurus, on the contrary, said that it was done only in accord with his command, and that he had nothing to do with that miracle, not knowing at that time what he did. But in this amicable contention of mutual humility, the youth who had been saved came as judge; for he said, ‘When I was being drawn out of the water, I saw the Abbot’s garment over my head, and perceived that it was he that drew me out of the water.’ ”


I have read many other amazing stories in the book series, Butlers Lives of the Saints, and I never tire of hearing about the seemingly impossible accomplishments that the saints accomplished for the greater glory of God. Saint Joan of Arc led the French Army to Victory though she was just a child and was inexperienced in the ways of the world. Saint Maria Goretti converted the soul of her murderer by her obedience and utmost loyalty to the laws of God. Little children suffered martyrdom without the slightest complaint. Saint Katherine of Alexandria converted thousands by her profession of Christ. The list goes on without end...

I remember that I used to wonder, “What is their secret?” “How could they possibly do such things?” The answer is that they were very humble, trusting, and obedient to God, and they never questioned the commands given to them by Him or by their superiors. They undertook every task given to them without questioning whether they had the strength to do it, and God rewarded their loyalty by helping them to accomplish the impossible.

We may never reach the same degree of perfection as the saints. We may never perform the same glorious wonders as they did. Yet, the more humble, trusting, and obedient we become, the more we will be likely to achieve at least little deeds and little accomplishments which will give great glory and honor to God!

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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2016, 04:06:45 AM »

Isn't it a marvelous portion of the history of the saints?

It reminds me of the 'tree of obedience'!

There is nothing like virtue and complete trust in God!

This is the true history of the world, not dry and boring dates and unending battles of the worldlings due to their vices, but the history of God's children showing forth his miraculous love and grace and all the virtues!
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2016, 07:47:27 AM »

Isn't it a marvelous portion of the history of the saints?

It reminds me of the 'tree of obedience'!

There is nothing like virtue and complete trust in God!

This is the true history of the world, not dry and boring dates and unending battles of the worldlings due to their vices, but the history of God's children showing forth his miraculous love and grace and all the virtues!

What is the "tree of obedience?" 
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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2016, 05:21:11 PM »

It is from the histories of the desert fathers:

'Abba John the Dwarf went away to an old Theban in Scetis who lived in the desert. Once his Abba took a piece of dry wood, planted it, and said to him: Water it every day with a bottle of water until it bears fruit. The water, however, was so far away from there that John had to go out late in the evening and come back the next morning.

Three years later, the tree came to life and bore fruit.

Then Abba took some of the fruit and brought it to the church, and said to the brothers: Take and eat the fruit of obedience!'

Abba John the Dwarf is one of the most amusing desert fathers, the stories of his life can bring a smile to everyone.

The father who gave him the piece of wood, was St. Pambo, a disciple of St. Anthony the Great, whom was consulted by many great saints including St. Athanasius.

The desert fathers say of Pambo:

"There was once a monk named Pambo and they said of him that he spent three years saying to God, 'Do not glorify me on earth.' But God glorified him so that one could not gaze steadfastly at him because of the glory of his countenance."

And of St. John..

"It was said of Abba John the Dwarf, that one day he said to his elder brother, 'I should like to be free of all care, like the angels, who do not work, but ceaselessly offer worship to God.' So he took off his cloak and went away into the desert. After a week he came back to his brother. When he knocked on the door, he heard his brother say, 'Who are you?' He said, 'I am John, your brother.' But he replied, 'John has become an angel, and henceforth he is no longer among men.' Then the other begged him saying, 'It is I.' However, his brother did not let him in, but left him there in distress until morning. Then, opening the door, he said to him, 'You are a man and you must once again work in order to eat.' Then John made a prostration before him, saying, 'Forgive me.'"
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2016, 09:15:40 PM »

Okay!  Makes sense!

Wow!  I have not been on here in awhile! What have I missed?  :-)
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2016, 01:26:30 PM »

Just a bundle of saints' quotes and bits and pieces of Church history! Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2017, 03:06:05 PM »

Just a bundle of saints' quotes and bits and pieces of Church history! Cheesy

And those two things are really the best part of this forum...   Cheesy
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