Wednesday May 23 2018, 04H53
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A brother asked Abba Muthues, saying, 'What will I do? for my tongue vex me. Whensoever I sit among the brothers I am unable to restrain myself, but I condemn them in every good work, and treat them with contempt. What will I do, then?' The old man answered and said to him, If you are not able to restrain yourself, get you away, and stay by yourself, for this is a disease. Now, he who sitteth among the brothers must not possess four corners, but he must be altogether round, so that he may move smoothly in respect of every man.' And the old man said to him also, I myself do not dwell alone as an example of spiritual excellence, but as an emblem of feebleness, for mighty men are those who are among the brothers.'