Be attentive, banish anger

In the ancient Christian story Barlaam and Ioasaph, the pagan king Abenner has a hot temper, and when he discovers that one of his governors has converted to Christianity and become a monk, he is furious. He orders that the unlikely convert be brought before his judgment seat to explain himself. It takes a while, but the man is finally found living in the desert and is taken to the king.The text says that Abenner was filled with “mingled grief and fury” and spoke “in speech blended of these tw … [Read more...]