A brother asked Abba Ammonas, “Utter a saying for me.” The elder said, “Go and frame your mind the way the evildoers who are in prison do, for they are asking people, ‘Where is the governor and when is he coming?’ and weeping in expectation. This is how the monk should pay heed all the time and he reproaching his soul, saying, ‘O me! How can I stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and how can I speak in my defense?’ If you deliberate like this all the time, you can be saved.”

(THE BOOK OF THE ELDERS, 3.4)

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