Keeping the Commandments

by Scott D. Hendricks

2. Abba Agathon said, ‘Under no circumstances should the monk let his conscience accuse him of anything.’

3. He also said, ‘Unless he keeps the commandments of God, a man cannot make progress, not even in a single virtue.’

4. He also said, ‘I have never gone to sleep with a grievance against anyone, and, as far as I could, I have never let anyone go to sleep with a grievance against me.’

~ from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Benedicta Ward, trans., The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: the alphabetical collection (Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 1975), 20.