Washing his feet

184. Abba Isaac came to see Abba Poemen and found him washing his feet. As he enjoyed freedom of speech with him he said, ‘How is it that others practice austerity and treat their bodies hardly?’ Abba Poemen said to him, ‘We have not been taught to kill our bodies, but to kill our passions.’

The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, B. Ward, p. 193

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