Running From Ourselves

“Amma Theodora also said: ‘There was a monk, who, because of the great number of temptations said, “I will go away from here.” As he was putting on his sandals, he saw another man who was also putting on his sandals and this other monk said to him, “Is it on my account that you are going away? Because I go before you wherever you are going.”’

– Theodora 7, in Benedicta Ward, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

3 thoughts on “Running From Ourselves

  1. ..This can be such a profound meditation if I can courageously give it time in contemplation.Im pondering just now the times I have fooled myself into believing I had stopped the charade (of one kind or another) and become brutally honest with myself,only to discover later that even that was a lie.


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