Tuesday, September 09, 2003

A brother said to Abba Pœmen, 'If I fall into a shameful sin, my conscience devours and accuses me, saying, "Why have you fallen?"' The old man said to him, 'At the moment when a man goes astray, if he says, "I have sinned", immediately the sin ceases.' Abba Pœmen said: 'Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart.'

- Venerable Pœmen the Great, commemorated 27th August/9th September

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