Saint Poemen the Great Teaches a Monk About Evil Thoughts

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Saints Elijah the Prophet, Poemen the Great & Moses the Ethiopian

A brother came to see Abba Poemen and said to him, “Abba, I have many thoughts and they put me in danger.” The old man led him outside and said to him, “Expand your chest and do not breathe in.” He said, “I cannot do that.” Then the old man said to him, “If you cannot do that, no more can you prevent thoughts from arising, but you can resist them.”

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

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