‘Why do you want to pick up something you did not put down?’

Peanut Gallery: A lesson for our times from a person who lived 1400 years ago. Some things never change.

Once Agatho was going on a journey with his disciples. One of them found a small bag of green peas on the road, and said to him, ‘Abba, if you say so, I will pick it up.’ Agatho looked at him in astonishment, and said, ‘Did you put it there?’ The brother replied, ‘No.’ Agatho said, ‘Why do you want to pick up something you did not put down?’

PENGUIN GROUP (UK) (2003-03-27). The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks (p. 20). Penguin UK. Kindle Edition.



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