A real story where the disciple thought he knew better than his spiritual father …
‘It was a day in Great Lent that the Elder saw from afar a burglar breaking into his cell.
This burglar was the same one like last year …
The Elder hid in the barn until the burglar completed his task.
When the Elder’s disciple later found out, he was furious and scolded his Elder:
– “Why did you not call me to catch him? This is the same burglar who broke into us last year and remains unrepentant!”
– “Who knows, my child”, answered the Elder. “Maybe he will repent this year …”
-“And if he repeats this again?”, the disciple burst out.
-“Then, my child, I must run, open the door and give him everything, so that he will not fall into temptation for a third time …”
The disciple knelt, kissed his spiritual father’s hand, and left in tears…’