Communion with God

by Scott D. Hendricks

9. A brother questioned Abba Arsenius to hear a word of him and the old man said to him, ‘Strive with all your might to bring your interior activity into accord with God, and you will overcome exterior passions.’

10. He also said, ‘If we seek God, he will shew himself to us, and if we keep him, he will remain close to us.’

~ from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Benedicta Ward, trans., The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: the alphabetical collection (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1975), 10.