One time, they brought an unwed pregnant girl to Father Amun and his monks in the desert, and they said, “Give her a penance.”
But he blessed her womb with the Sign of the Cross, and ordered that pieces of cloth be given to her, to serve as a shroud in case the mother or her baby died.
And they asked, “What are you doing? Put a penance on her!”
But Father Amun said, “But my brothers, you see that she is in danger of death. What can I do?”
Amun felt unworthy to judge others. He was merciful and full of goodness toward people.
— Adapted from Anthony Alcock’s translation of the Syrian “Apothegmata of Amun.”