Today’s shepherds should listen and imitate that man’s [St. Symeon the New Theologian] virtue so that they too may share in and partake of the grace which he received from above, if they really want to. Unlike shepherds and teachers nowadays, the whole object of that blessed man’s attention was not to fulfill his every wish for bodily pleasures in this life. Rather it was to suppress the things that kindle desire and not give in to the soul’s propensity for the worse, but only to assent to the better and follow the Divine will. Accordingly, he fled men’s praise as something that leads to eternal punishment. Nor did he suffer from the fault of so many people who, because they are unable to appear worthy of the respect of others by the loftiness of their virtue, pretend to be formidable to their subordinates by their haughty attitude and demeanor. Instead he would imitate his God and Master by observing the same moderation in all things with his disciples, and thus he embraced blessed poverty and the lack of possessions as secure wealth. For this reason he was also properly humble minded and always contrite in spirit.