I am not sitting; I am on a journey

Serapion the sindonite
“Serapion the Sindonite traveled once on a pilgrimage to Rome. Here he was told of a celebrated recluse, a woman who lived always in one small room, never going out. Skeptical about her way of life — for he himself was a great wanderer — Serapion called on her and asked, ‘Why are you sitting here?’ To which she replied, ‘I am not sitting; I am on a journey.'”

Benedicta Ward, ed. “The Desert of the Heart: Daily Readings with the Desert Fathers” (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1988), 42.

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