St Moses the Black

“Once the Fathers of the Scetis were holding a council to reprimand a monk who had committed a fault. St. Moses was invited, but he refused to attend. The priest went to him, and said, “Come, for the people are expecting you.” St. Moses arose, took a basket filled with sand that had a hole in the bottom of it, carried it on his shoulder and started walking towards the council. When the monks saw him coming with the bag of sand, with sand pouring out of the hole, they asked him the reason of his behavior. He said to them, “The sand you see running from the bag represents my sins which are always following me, and yet, today I am coming to judge the errors of my brother.” When they heard this, they left the council and every monk went to his own cell, as none could judge that monk.“

The Desert Fathers via City a Desert