How to Make a Monk Laugh

Monastic Monday

Br. Monday doesn’t see what’s so funny…

They said of Abba Pambo that his face never smiled. So one day, wishing to make him laugh, the demons stuck wing feathers on to a lump of wood and brought it in making an uproar and saying, “Go, go.” When he saw them Abba Pambo began to laugh and the demons started to say in chorus, “Ha! ha! Pambo has laughed!” But in reply he said to them, “I have not laughed, but I made fun of your powerlessness, because it takes so many of you to carry a wing.”

Source: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers

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