A brother asked Abba Poemen, “How should I live in the cell?”
He said to him, “Living in your cell clearly means manual work, eating only once a day, silence, meditation; but really making progress in the cell means to experience contempt for yourself wherever you go, not to neglect the hours of prayer, and to pray secretly. If you happen to have time without manual work, take up prayer and do it without disquiet. The perfection of these things is to live in good company and be free from bad.”
Living in one’s cell is not an easy task, is it?
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.