"A brother asked an elder: 'My sister is poor; if I give her alms, is it not like giving to the poor?' 'No', says the elder. 'Why not, abba?' the brother said. 'Because blood draws you a little [(ἕλκει σε μικρόν)]', the elder said."
Anonymous saying of the Desert Fathers no. 233/10.156. The anonymous sayings of the Desert Fathers: a select edition and complete English translation, ed. & trans. John Wortley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), 165.