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Orthodox Church quotes [em]about[/em] Abba Poemen.

Desert Fathers: . . . The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but it is the same Spirit that works in all of them.

Icon of All SaintsAbba Poemen said that Abba John said that the saints are like a group of trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source. The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but it is the same Spirit that works in all of them.

Source: Sr. Benedicta Ward, The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, (Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1975), pp. 89-95

St. Anthony the Great: . . . expect temptation to his last breath.

Icon of St. Anthony the Great“This is the great work of man: always to take the blame for his own sins before God and to expect temptation to his last breath.”

+ St. Anthony the Great, said to Abba Poeman
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers: The Alphabetical Collection