Gibbon and other writers quote from John Cassian the tale of the poor monk, who, being convinced of his error, burst into tears, exclaiming, "You have taken away my God!
Cassian speaks of an abbot of the Thebaid who had Soo monks under him, a number exceeded in other cases.
Cassian speaks of an abbot in Egypt doing this; and in later times we have another example in the case of St Bruno.
Examples among the Egyptian monks of this blind submission to the commands of the superiors, exalted into a virtue by those who regarded the entire crushing of the individual will as the highest excellence, are detailed by Cassian and others, - e.g.
Lxxiii., Lxxiv.) - and the writings of Cassian (English translation by Gibson in " Nicene and Post-Nicene Library ").