It is written in the life of the Coptic saint St Abram the bishop of Fayoum (1829 - 1914), "His Christian parents sent him to a nearby Church School but, when he was only eight, his mother died. Young Paul Gabriel was a lonely child..."
The following is taken from the book With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man, the first book of the Spiritual Counsels of Elder Paisios of Mount Athos
This is one of my favorite pieces written by Pope Shenouda. It's about despair in the spiritual life, which is something that is probably often relevant to the spiritually zealous souls who might find some days tough.
Avoid spiritual gluttony: It is quite difficult for anyone to read for extensive periods of time such as > 60 mins without any break. It is difficult to digest the spiritual food like that not giving our bodies a break and letting our minds rest.