“Throw your weakness before God, and the Lord will become your strength.”

The old man was asked, ‘What should a man do in all the temptations and evil thoughts that come upon him?’ The old man said to him, ‘He should weep and implore the Goodness of God to come to his aid, and he will obtain peace if he Prays with discernment. For it is written, “With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can man do to me?”‘ (Ps. 118:6)

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It happened that Abba Moses was struggling with the temptation of fornication. Unable to stay any longer in the Cell, he went and told Abba Isidore. The old man exhorted him to return to his Cell. But he refused, saying, ‘Abba, I cannot.’ Then Abba Isidore took Moses out onto the terrace and said to him, ‘Look towards the West.’ He looked and saw hordes of demons flying about and making a noise before launching an attack. Then Abba Isidore said to him, ‘Look towards the East.’ He turned and saw an innumerable multitude of Holy Angels shining with Glory. Abba Isidore said, ‘See, these are sent by the Lord to the Saints to bring them help, while those in the West fight against them. Those who are with us are more in number than they are.’ Then Abba Moses gave thanks to God, plucked up courage, and returned to his cell.

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“Throw your weakness before God, and the Lord will become your strength.”

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The old man was asked, ‘What is the good of the fasts and watchings which a man imposes on himself?’ and he replied, ‘They make the Soul humble. For it is written, “Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins” (Ps. 25:18). So if the Soul gives itself all this hardship, God will have mercy on it.’

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