Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: anonymous

“Another monk in modern times advises: “Do not let those who shout about bringing sinners to God detract you from first saving yourself. If you lose yourself trying to save others, you have taken away an example that might ultimately save hundreds. This is what the Fathers teach us. We must follow this wisdom, rather than the foolish wisdom of those who would define for us a goal and a mission which God did not give us.”

This Saying reminds me of the instructions given by flight attendants, “in case of a loss cabin pressure and the oxygen masks come down, pout on your own before you put it on anyone else.” We are no good to others when we fail to take care of ourselves. In the same way, how can help another toward holiness if we neglect our own journey to that state?

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