One monk was moved to question the difference between the monk who received visitors and the one who did not: the
example he chose was his visit to the austere noble man, Arsenius, and to the reformed robber, Moses.
Abba Joseph came to Abba Lot and said to him: ‘Father, according to my strength I keep a moderate rue of prayer and fasting, quiet and meditation, and as far as I can I control my imagination; what more must I do?’
One of the marks of the elders was that they did not judge. Macarius, they said, was like God ‘who shieds the world and bears the sin of all; so he shielded the brethren and when anyone sinned he would not hear or see it.’