SECOND CONFERENCE OF ABBOT MOSES
What discretion alone can give a monk; and a discourse of the blessed Antony on this subject.
AND so I remember that while I was still a boy, in the region of Thebaid, where the blessed Antony lived,  the elders came to him to inquire about perfection: and though the conference lasted from evening till morning, the greatest part of the night was taken up with this question. For it was discussed at great length what virtue or observance could preserve a monk always unharmed by the snares and deceits of the devil, and carry him forward on a sure and right path,
and with firm step to the heights of perfection. And when each one gave his opinion according to the bent of his own mind, and some made it