a word from the desert
- Abba Bessarion said, "When you are at peace, without having to
struggle, humiliate yourself for fear of being led astray by a joy which
is inappropriate. We magnify ourselves and we are delivered to
warfare. For often, because of our weakness, God does not allow us to
be tempted, for fear we should be overcome."
A brother who shared a lodging with other brothers asked Abba
Bessarion, "What should I do?" The old man replied, "Keep silence and
do not compare yourself with others."
Venerable Bessarion the Egyptian, commemorated 6 June
- Someone asked an old man, "How is it that some say, 'We see visions
of angels'?" And he replied, "Blessed is he who always sees his sins."