Everyday Asceticism: Racism and Asceticism

Today is the feast day of St. Moses the Black. In his honor, I wrote a post about one of the many stories about him from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers where it records his response to a few other “old men” (monks) who sneered at him with racist insults to test his character. Excerpt:

Abba Moses is named, these monks are not. Abba Moses is held up as an example, these monks are not. Abba Moses is depicted in icons, these monks are not. Abba Moses is venerated today, these monks are not venerated on any day, so far as we know. We sing hymns praising Abba Moses, but these monks have been forgotten. We ask for his prayers, but these monks may yet need ours.

Read the whole post here.