Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
VISITOR: Are you Agaton? We have heard
what a great fornicator you are.
MASTER: That is quite correct,
that's just what I am.
Are you the Agaton who is such a slanderer and calumniator of men?
Yes, that's who I am.
Are you not Agaton, the heretic?
I am not! A heretic I have never been.
Tell us why you willingly bore what we said at first, but our last
remark you will not tolerate at all?
I took what you said first, because it was good for me to do so; but
were I to declare myself a heretic, I would be separating myself
from the Lord.