O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

When a saint sends you to yell at corpses...

Today on the Byzantine calendar we celebrate the feast of St. Macarius the Great, a disciple of St. Anthony the Great. Angels and demons alike appeared to St. Macarius, the angels praising his virtue and the demons complaining about it. Many sought out his guidance. This is the story of one of them:

"St Macarius sent him to a cemetery to rebuke and then to praise the dead. Then he asked him what they said to him. The young man replied, 'They were silent to both praise and reproach.' 'If you wish to be saved, be as one dead. Do not become angry when insulted, nor puffed up when praised.' And further: 'If slander is like praise for you, poverty like riches, insufficiency like abundance, then you shall not perish.'"

Read his whole story here.