A Word from the Desert


25 May 2015

Tongue and Belly under control

Abba Pambo came to Abba Antony and said: “Give me a word, Father,”...


1 Apr 2015


One monk was moved to question the difference between the monk who received visitors and the one who did not: the example he chose was his visit to the austere noble man, Arsenius, and to the reformed robber, Moses.


3 Mar 2015

Relax your efforts

The Desert Fathers lived a life of continual ‘striving’, but not of taut effort the whole time.


2 Feb 2015

Extra Possessions

The Desert Fathers had a horror of extra possessions....


1 Jan 2015


An old man said: The prophets wrote books, then came our Fathers who put them into practice.


14 Dec 2013

When I Fall

A monk looking for some guidance encouragement went to Abba Sisoius and asked: ‘What am I to do since I have fallen?’


7 Dec 2013

I am a Beginner

The old men used to say, ‘When you see a young man ascending up to heaven through his own will, seize him by the foot and pull him down, for this is good for him.’


29 Oct 2013

Become all Flame

Abba Joseph came to Abba Lot and said to him: ‘Father, according to my strength I keep a moderate rue of prayer and fasting, quiet and meditation, and as far as I can I control my imagination; what more must I do?’


16 Oct 2013

How Should I Judge?

One of the marks of the elders was that they did not judge. Macarius, they said, was like God ‘who shieds the world and bears the sin of all; so he shielded the brethren and when anyone sinned he would not hear or see it.’


21 Sep 2013

Sit in your Cell

‘Sit in your cell and it will teach you everything,’ the desert elders said. The point was that unless a person could find God HERE...


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