As was the custom of the time, some Christians went to see Abba Felix in the desert and "begged him to say a word to them."
I see a similar picture in my mind of a group of young people climbing up a mountain to see a holy man and asking about the meaning of life. However, in this story instead of giving the young men an answer, Abba Felix is silent. The young men wait but after a while Abba Felix breaks the silence and answers their question with one of his own. "You wish to hear a word?"He then goes on to explain that in the past when the old men spoke a word, that word was listened to. People did what the old men and women said. But now since the young men "ask without doing, the old men do not find anything to say."
"Yes, Abba," the young men said.
"There are no more words nowadays," Abba Felix replies.
Hearing this reply the brothers groaned, and said "Pray for us, Abba."
"You made me, You created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands" (Psalm 119:73, NLT)