Blessing of breaking the fast

April 11, 2011

John’s thoughts moved to the time that he and Nicholas had
first met. Travelling through the wastes of Scete, the Abbot
had asked for shelter in his cell. That night, John was born
anew. Nicholas had

loosed a mind too tied by prayer,
freed a spirit from destructive dogma,
fed a body too full of fasting
and let him laugh.

tale of Abbot Nicholas and John the Dwarf
as told by Derek Webster in The Abbot and the Dwarf: Tales of Wisdom from the Desert


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