Abbot Lot came to Abbot Joseph and said:
Father, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my prayer, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of thoughts; now what more should I do?
The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten lamps of fire.
He said: Why not be totally changed into fire?
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So what is preventing you from being totally changed into fire?
One of my own impediments would, in fact, be a joy to cast aside. And casting it aside will be casting fear aside, and gaining time.
Lord, be with us and strengthen us as we seek to be totally changed into fire.