AN ABBOT AND A KING IN THE CHASE
The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence. He who will be saved must exert himself to the utmost. The Abbot Zeno impressed this truth on one of the mighty ones of the earth. The abbot, who lived and served God in the desert, one day met a man whose dress betokened him to be of high rank. It was in fact the king of Macedonia ; in his hand he carried a weapon.
Seeing the abbot, he inquired of him what he was doing there in the wilderness. Zeno replied with another question : "What are you doing here ?"
The king answered : "It is the chase brings me here."
"I too," the abbot rejoined, "am here in the chase ; I seek after God, and I will not rest until I find Him and possess Him for all eternity."