Sunday, January 11, 2009

Be Silent

Arsenius, when he was still in the palace, prayed to God, saying, "Lord, show me the way of salvation." A voice came to him saying, "Arsenius, flee from men, and you will be saved." As he left for the monastic life, he prayed again, saying the same words; and he heard a voice saying to him, "Arsenius flee, be silent, pray always, for these are the roots of sinlessness."

~ icon Hagia Hesychia (Holy Silence) written by Father William Hart McNichols