Daily Reflection for January 7, 2022

One day Abba Daniel and Abba Ammoes went on a journey together. Abba Ammoes said, ‘When shall we, too, settle down, in a cell, Father?’ Abba Daniel replied, ‘Who shall separate us henceforth from God? God is in the cell, and, on the other hand, he is outside also.’

It is very important to discern tools of the spiritual craft from their goal. While the cloister is very helpful for prayer, it is not an end in itself. It is only a means of greater communion with God.