A Word From the Desert


September 2, 2015

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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September 2, 2015

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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August 28, 2015

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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August 28, 2015

Books

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

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August 28, 2015

Extra Possessions

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

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August 28, 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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August 23, 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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