A certain sophist of this age came to visit an Elder. Seeing that he had nothing but a Bible, he gave the Elder his own commentary on the Bible.
A year later, he again visited the Elder and asked: “Father, did my book help you better understand the Bible?”
“On the contrary,” answered the Elder, “I had to turn to the Bible in order to understand your book.”
A certain young monk asked an elder, “Father, now do I have to completely renounce the world?”
“Fear not,” answered the elder, “if you live a really Christian life, the world will immediately renounce you.”
A very rich man who lived in Alexandria prayed to God every day that the lives of the indigent be made easier. On hearing about this, Abba Makarios sent him a message: “I would like to own all your estate.”
The man was puzzled, and sent one of his servants to ask what [Abba Makarios] would do with all that wealth.
Abba Makarios said: “Tell your master that I would immediately answer his prayer.”
These were stolen from the parish newsletter of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Baptist.