Apophthegmata Patrum

A brother said to me: “Abba Isaac of Harashu said to me: ‘I visited Abba Sisoes of Petra, the disciple of Abba Anthony, and I asked him saying: “Tell me a word by which I might live.” He said to me: “Go, guard these three works and you will live:  endure insults as glory, misery as riches, love your neighbor as yourself.  And the Lord will be with you; he will make you strong against your enemies.”‘” (Harmless 249)

An appropriate word to have stuck in my head on a Sunday morning, The Apophtegmata Patrum (Sayings of the Fathers) is the Latin title given to the collection of various sayings attributed to the early desert fathers.  
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