Steve Dodd (acheron_hades) wrote in georgemacdonald,
Steve Dodd

Anthony the Great

Not technically about GMD, but many of the Desert Fathers seem to have been Christians who "got it" in the same way as Macdonald, and I've just discovered another — Anthony the Great:

  • "A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, 'You are mad; you are not like us.'"
  • "Do not be afraid to hear about virtue and do not be a stranger to the term. For it is not distant from us nor is it external to us; its realisation lies within us and the work is easy if only we want it. The Greeks leave home and cross the seas in order to gain an education, but there is no need for us to go away on accountof the Kingdom of God nor need we cross the sea in search of virtue. For the Lord has told us, 'The Kingdom of God is within you.' All that is needed for goodness is that which is within, the human heart."
  • "I saw all the snares that the enemy spreads over the whole world and I said, groaning, 'What can get through such snares?' Then I heard a voice saying to me, 'Humility.'"
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