“So if you don’t struggle and labor now when you are young, you won’t reap the benefit when you’re old; you won’t have anything in your ‘retirement fund.’ So, my child, you too should work hard now so that when the years have passed and you’re old, you will find these things. Just as our forefathers used to say: ‘Work when you’re young to have something when you’re old’  Gero-Arsenios and I wore ourselves out when we were young, and now God has come to reward us. Now that we are old and leaving this life, we are experiencing these things within us. I’m telling you all this so that you will remember it. You’re young and later this will be useful for you.”

– ‘My Elder Joseph’