One of my favorite books of all time is the superb Roots of Christian Mysticism, from which I would like to share a couple of quotes with you over the coming weeks. The book as a whole is a joy to read and the quotes you will find here are among my absolute favorites - they are a list I compiled for one of my best friends, who is also the most sincere agnostic I have ever met. So, here comes the first one:
Some elders came to see Abba Poemen to ask him,:)
"If we see some brothers dozing in the congregation,
do you want us to reprove them so that they stay awake?"
He said to them, "For my part, when I see a brother dozing,
I lay his head on my lap and let him rest."
Sayings of the Desert Fathers