Custody of the Eyes

V.iv.55 The presbyter of Scete once went to Alexandria to see the bishop. And on his return to Scete the brethren asked him, “How was it in the city?”  “Believe me, brothers,” he replied, “I looked on the face of no one but the bishop.”  Hearing this they were puzzled and asked, “What about all those crowds of people?”  As a reminder and encouragement to the forgetful the presbyter replied, “I disciplined my curiosity and refrained from looking at them.”  The brothers took the point of this story and renewed the custody of their eyes.

From: De Vitis Patrum, Book V, Libellus 4: Self Control.

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