Sunday, April 5, 2009

More Than Anything

Theodore, surnamed Pherme, had three good books. He went to Macarius, and said, "I have three good books and I am helped by reading them. Other monks also want to read them, and they are helped by them. Tell me what to do."

Macarius replied, "Reading books is good, but possessing nothing is more than anything."

When Theodore heard this, he went and sold the books, and gave the money to the poor.

~~Italian monk reading (ca. 1826-1828) by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (Parigi 1796-Ville d'Avray 1875)

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