Advent week one: HOPE
Nicholas of Myra, bishop and philanthropist, died about 342
and from: The Wisdom of the Desert:
Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century
translated and introduced by Thomas Merton
They said of Abbot Pambo that in the very hour when he departed this life he said to the holy men who stood by him: From the time I came to this place in the desert, and built me a cell, and dwelt here, I do not remember eating bread that was not earned by the work of my own hands, nor do I remember saying anything for which I was sorry even until this hour. And thus I go to the Lord as one who has not even made a beginning in the service of God.