Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Blood of the Brother

They said that a hermit in Scetis who was ill wanted to eat a little fresh bread. One of the experienced monks heard of it: and he took his cloak, put stale bread into it, went to Egypt, changed the stale bread for fresh, and brought the fresh bread back to the sick hermit.

When the brothers saw the fresh bread, they were astonished. The hermit did not want to eat it and said, "It is the blood of the brother."

The others begged him to eat it, saying, "For God's sake eat it, so that his sacrifice is not in vain."

So he ate it.

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