From Becoming Fire: Through the Year with the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Like Lions and a Mother Bear
Now then, you who are poor, you shall look boldly upon your enemies like the roaring lions and like a bear that has had her cubs taken away from her. (Proverbs 28:15, 2 Samuel 17:8)
No Man is an Island
Abba Poemen said that Abba Theonas said, “Even if a person acquires a virtue, God does not grant him grace for himself alone.”
He knew that he was not faithful in his own labor, but that if he went to his companion, God would be with him.