When the same Abba Agathon was at the point of death, he remained with his eyes open for three days. So the brothers shook him, saying, ‘Where are you Abba Agathon?’ He told them, ‘I am standing before the judgment seat of God.’ They said to him, ‘Are you afraid?’ He said to them, ‘I did my best to keep the commandments of God, but I am a man; how then can I know whether my work was pleasing to God?’ … He was greatly vigilant in all things, and he used to say, ‘Without vigilance a person makes no progress, not even in a single virtue.’

[11.9-10, THE BOOK OF THE ELDERS ]

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