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I have never been troubled or scandalized..

MotherofGod-Key_b  Aidan HartThere was an old man living in the desert who served God for so many years and he said, “Lord, let me know if I  have pleased you.”  He saw an angel who said to him, “You have not  yet become like  the gardener in  such and such place.”

The old man marvelled and said, “I will go off to the city to see both him and what it  is that  he  does that surpasses all  my  work and toil of  all these years.”…

 So he went to the city and  asked the gardener about his  way of life…. When they were getting  ready to  eat in the   evening, the  old  man heard  people singing in  the  streets, for   the cell of   the gardener   was in a   public place. Therefore the old man said to him, “Brother, wanting as  you do to live according to God, how do you remain in this place and not be troubled when you hear them singing these songs?”

 The man said, “I tell  you, abba, I have never  been troubled or scandalized.” When he heard this the old man said, “What,  then, do you  think in your heart when you hear these things?” And he replied, “That they are all going into the Kingdom.” When he heard this,  the old man   marvelled and said, “This is  the practice which surpasses my labour of all these years.”

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