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,”...

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1 Apr 2015

Hospitality

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.

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3 Mar 2015

Relax your efforts

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

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2 Feb 2015

Extra Possessions

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

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1 Jan 2015

Books

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

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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?’

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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.’

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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?’

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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.’

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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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Jamberoo NSW 2533 Australia

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