One young monk, looking at a wonderfully flowered meadow, said to his superior:
– The vow of chastity is hard for us religious. It’s like having plenty of wonderful, fragrant flowers in front of you and not being able to break even one …
A married man passed by and heard these words and noticed:
– What about us married men? We picked one flower, tasted its smell, and our desire to know others is strong. So isn’t purity just more difficult for us?
A woman, after hearing these arguments, said:
– Is there more suffering than the one we want does not break us when we want it?
God, hearing all this, thought to himself: “All three are right. Living in purity is difficult for everyone. That is why I promised the pure in heart that they would see My face.”