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If you want to be fruitful, die

[Acts 17:19–28; John 12:19–36] Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit (John 12:24). And so, if you want to be fruit­ful, die. Die in a real way, bear­ing always the feel­ing in your heart that you have already died. Just as a dead man does not respond to any­thing sur­round­ing him, so do the same: if they praise you — be silent, and if they rebuke you — be silent, and if you make a prof­it — be silent; if you are full —be silent, or hun­gry — be silent. Be this way to all exter­nal things; in?wardly abide in the place where all the dead abide — in the oth­er life, before the all-right­eous face of God, prepar­ing to hear the final sen?tence. You may say, what fruit can come every­thing dying? No, noth­ing will die. Rather, abun­dant ener­gy will appear! “I have but one minute remain­ing,” you will say to your­self. “Now will come the ver­dict; let me hur­ry to do some­thing;” and you will do it. And thus con­tin­ue every minute.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse