“During the day, you ought to do as did St. Anthony the Great: a little handy work, a little prayer. During the night, a little study and prayer. Small but hard serious study helps a lot.
“Devout parents who want their children to become monastics, should not tell them to, but should live themselves like monastics. Neither should they vow to God that their children will become monastics. If these children don’t have a calling, then they will be tortured for their whole life. In such cases, the Bishop must read a prayer and they won’t be monastics”.