An Anecdote from Saint Theodora the Ascetic

St. Cathrine's Orthodox Monastery at Mount Sinai

St. Catherine's Orthodox Monastery at Mount Sinai

There was a monk, who, because of his great temptations said, “I will go away from here.” As he was putting on his sandals, he saw another man who was also putting on his sandals and this other monk said to him, “Is it on my account that you are going away? Because I go before you wherever you are going”

* This excerpt is from “The Sayings of the Desert Fathers” translated by Benedicta Ward

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