learning lent

February 20, 2008

She never tried to acquire things for herself.  She wouldn’t struggle to buy things which would then mean more to her than life itself.  All her life she never tried to dress smartly in the kind of clothes which embellish cripples and disguise evildoers … We all lived beside her and never understood that she was the righteous one without whom, according to the proverb, no village can stand.  Nor any city.  Nor our whole land.

–Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Matryona’s House

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