“The brothers praised a monk before Abba Anthony. When the monk came to see him, Anthony wanted to know how he would bear insults; and seeing that he could not bear them at all, he said to him, ‘You are like a village magnificently decorated on the outside, but destroyed from within by robbers.”
The true test of any person comes when we face criticism. It can sometimes be just or unjust. It can be true or false. In the times of praise it is very easy to be gracious and loving . When the tables are turn, we see how much we can really turn the other cheek. The challenge is to be a person who has the inner trust in God that allows us to be a 24/7 Christian. None of us are there yet, but the journey continues.