Abba Ammoes: Do You Slip into Irrelevant Conversation?

Feast of St Matthew the Apostle & Evangelist

Desert_Father_Square.jpgIT WAS SAID of Abba Ammoes that when he went to church, he did not allow his disciple to walk beside him but only at a certain distance; and if the latter came to ask him about his thoughts, he would move away from him as soon as he had replied, saying to him, “It is for fear that, after edifying words, irrelevant conversation should slip in, that I do not keep you with me."

—Abba Ammoes, Sayings of the Desert Fathers

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