The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Recently I have been reading The Sayings of the Desert Fathers.  What strikes me about these ascetics is some their profound insight to discipleship. Here is a sampling.

Abba Agathon said, ‘If I could meet a leper, give him my body and take his, I should be very happy.’  That indeed is perfect charity.

Abba Anthony said to Abba Poemen, ‘This is the great work of man: always to take blame for his on sins before God and to expect temptation to his last breath.’

A brother who had sinned was turned out of the church by the priest; Abba Bessarion got up and went with him saying, ‘I, too, am a sinner.’

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