8. A brother asked Abba Joseph this, ‘I want to leave the monastery, and live as a solitary.’ The old man said to him, ‘Go wherever you find your soul is most at peace, and stay there, without blame.’
The brother said to him, ‘But I am at peace both in the monastery and in the solitary life; will you tell me what to do?’ The Old man said to him, If you are at peace both in the monastery and in the solitary life, put these two thoughts as it were in the balance and wherever you see your thoughts will profit most and make
progress, that is what you should do.’
9. One of the old men joined one of his companions and went with him to visit Abba Joseph. He said to him, ‘Tell your disciple to saddle the ass.’ The other replied, ‘Call him, and he will do whatever you want.’ ‘What is his name?’ ‘I do not know.’ ‘How long has he been with you, and you do not know his. name?’ He replied, ‘For two years.’ The other said, If in two years you have not learnt your disciple’s name, do I need to know it for a single day?‘
Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (Preface), Benedicta Ward (Translator) Kalamazoo, Michigan, Cistercian Publications 1975,Published by Liturgical Press (1984) ,(p 103).
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
O God of our Fathers, ever dealing with us according to Thy gentleness: take not Thy mercy from us, but by their entreaties guide our life in peace.