greetings...hoping you can assist me with tracking down a possible ? Desert fathers story i read many eons ago. A monk was endeavoring to attain spiritual perfection by attaining all ? i think it was 7 virtues....he only needed one or two to reach that level. he decides he cannot possibly progress while at the monastery as he felt the other monks would hinder him....so he leaves and sets out to try and obtain those last virtues by mixing with more profound and spiritual persons.
by doing so he's lost the virtue of humility...and his travels and experiences result in him losing the others....finally void, he comes to his senses and returns to the monastery....sounds like a prodigal son scenario
does anyone know the source of this story or where i could obtain a copy of it? many thanks in advance marie
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Marie, I'm not that familiar with the lives of the saints, but to help in your search you should start using the search function on the main page. Searching on the word 'virtures' brings up over fifty articles, many about saints, that may include a clue for your search. Also, you might want to try the same technique on Wikipedia.Wsk 17:36, May 11, 2008 (UTC)
Dear Marie, I can not advise you the exact volume of this story (in English) or which area it has come from however I can identify potential "Sources" where the story would have come from. The "Desert Father" stories usually come from what is called (phonetic of the Greek) a "Gerontikon". if you know which monastic community this monk belonged to then it is a case of contacting them and asking for their Gerontikon ... otherwise, you can sift through a church library if they have any translations of the Gerontikon(s) from Mount Athos (many volumes of these). Vasiliki 22:54, May 11, 2008 (UTC)