Abba Agathon

Abba Agathon

5.  It was  said  concerning Abba Agathon  that  some monks  came to  find  him  having  heard  tell  of  his  great  discernment. Wanting  to see  if he would  lose his  temper  they  said  to  him  ‘Aren’t  you  that Agathon who  is said  to be a  fornicator and a proud man?’  ‘Yes, it is very true,’ he answered. They resumed, ‘Aren’t you that Agathon who is always talking nonsense?’ ‘I am.’ Again they said ‘Aren’t you Agathon the heretic?’ But at that he replied ‘I am not a heretic’ so they asked him, ‘Tell us why you accepted everything we cast you, but repudiated this last insult.’ He replied ‘The first accusations I take to myself, for that is good for my soul. But heresy is separation from God. Now I have no wish to be separated from God.’ At this saying they were astonished at his discernment and returned, edified.

(From: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Benedicta Ward, P. 20)

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