Let Him Rest

Desert Fathers (Cappadocia, Turkey)

Desert Fathers (Cappadocia, Turkey)

Some old men went to Abba Poemen and asked, “If we see brothers sleeping during the common prayer, should we wake them?”

Abba Poemen answered, “If I see my brother sleeping, I put his head on my knees
and let him rest.”

Then one old man spoke up, “And how do you explain yourself before God?”

Abba Poemen replied, “I say to God: You have said, ‘First take the beam out of your own eye and then you will be able to remove the splinter from the eye of your brother.’ ”

Source: Stories from the Desert Fathers: The Sleeping Brother

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