By: His Grace Abba Youannis of blessed memory, late bishop of Gharbiya (Egypt)

 

Didymus the Blind (ca. 313 – ca.398) was an ecclesiastical writer of Alexandria whose famous catechetical school he led for about half a century, during the papacy of St. Athanasius.  Although he became blind at the age of four, before he had learned to read, he succeeded in mastering the whole gamut of the sciences then known. Upon entering the service of the Church he was placed at the head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria, where he lived and worked. 

These verses in Exodus 34:6-7, are often mis-understood:  "The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." 

    Whenever therefore you see that famines have taken place, and plagues, and drought and immoderate rains, and irregularities in the atmosphere, or any other of the things which chasten human nature, be not distressed, nor be despondent, but worship Him who caused them, marvel at Him for His tender care.

 

FROM THE LETTER OF ST. SEVERUS OF ANTIOCH TO JULIAN, BISHOP OF HALICARNASSUS 

"For you rightly and justly say that the doctors are not in opposition to one another, even as Paul is not in opposition to James when the one says, 'By faith is a man justified without works,' while the other wrote, 'Faith without works is dead';

    Abba Pambo (Arabic Bemwah) was a contemporary of Saint Anthony and Saint Athanasius. He trained Abba John the dwarf and Abba Pishoy. It was he that ordered Abba John to plant a stick and water it. He said this to one of his disciples about the church in the last times:

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