Saturday, September 12, 2009


One of the holy men named Philagrius lived in Jerusalem and worked hard to earn himself enough to eat. When he was standing in the market square trying to sell what he had made, a bag containing a great many coins fell on the ground near him by accident.

Philagrius found it, and stood there thinking, "The one who lost this must soon come back." Shortly thereafter, the man who had lost it did come back, very gloomy. So Philagrius took him aside and gave him back his bag.

The owner wanted to give him some of the money, but the hermit would not take anything. Then the owner began to call out, "Come and see what the man of God has done." But Philagrius escaped unnoticed, and went out of the town, so they should not know what he had done, nor pay him honor.

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