The Substance of Lent

A young monk complained to the great ascetic Abba Sisoes “Abba what should I do? I fell.” The elder replied “Get up!”

The monk then said “I got up and I fell again.” The elder replied “Get up again!”

The young monk asked “For how long should I get up when I fall?”

“Until your death.” replied Abba Sisoes.

-As related by Archmandrite Seraphim Aleksiev (Bulgarian Orthodox Church) in his work “The Forgotten Medicine / The Mystery of Repentance.

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