Parable of the Day: How to Understand You Are Growing Spiritually

A novice came to an elder and said:
 
“Abba, I spend six weeks fasting and study the Old and the New Testament daily.”
 
The elder replied:
 
“Do you treat penury as wealth?”
 
“No, I don’t.”
 
“Do you treat dishonor as praise?”
 
“No, I don’t.”
 
“Do you treat your enemies as your friends?”
 
“No, I don’t.”
 
“Then,” the wise elder said, “go back and do what you’ve got to do. You haven’t achieved anything.”
 
Prepared by Catalog of Good Deeds
 

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