An example of Humility
Once, monks who had heard of his discernment came to St Agathon to see if they could make him lose his temper.
They asked him, “Are you Abba Agathon, a fornicator and a proud man?”
“Yes, that is true,” the monk replied.
“Are you the Agathon who is always talking nonsense?” the monks inquired.
“I am,” the Saint agreed.
“Are you Agathon the heretic?” the monks persisted.
St. Agathon said, “I am not a heretic.”
They asked the Saint why he agreed with them when they accused him of vices, but then denied this last charge. Agathon replied, “I accepted the first accusations, since that was beneficial for my soul.
But heresy is separation from God, and I do not wish to be separated from God.”
Astonished at his discernment, they returned to their monastery, edified.