17th April 2016

desert fathers

Two  old men had lived together for many years and they had never fought with one another. The first said to the other, “Let us also have a fight like other men.” The other replied, “I do no know how to fight.” The first said to him, “Look, I will put a brick between us and I will say: it is mine; and you will reply; no, it is mine; and so the fight will begin.” So they put the brick between them and the first said, “This brick is mine,” and the other said, “No, it is mine.” And the first replied, “If it yours, take it and go.” So, they gave it up without being able to find a cause for an argument.

~~The Desert Fathers

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