“An old man much given to simplicity questioned Father Ammonas: ‘Three thoughts occupy me, either, should I wander in the deserts, or should I go to a foreign land where no one knows me, or should I shut myself up in a cell without opening the door to anyone, eating only every second day?’ Father Ammonas replied, ‘It is not right for you to do any of these three things. Rather, sit in your cell and eat a little every day, keeping the word of the publican always in your heart, and you may be saved.'”

– From the Desert Fathers

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