Category Archives: Desert Fathers

What do human beings do?

38. Abba Daniel said that the holy Arsenius told the brothers the following story as if it were about someone else, although it was obvious that it was himself who had had this vision: “One of the seniors,” he said, “suddenly … Continue reading

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Virtues

we must intensify our struggle, so that we may attain the virtues that are set before us… Continue reading

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God’s Company

This practical love of neighbour gives meaning to the characteristic monastic desire to belong entirely to God, which is constantly reaffirmed in these stories. “No human friendships,” teaches Macarius the Great: it is God’s company that must be sought. Restricted … Continue reading

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A Healthy Soul

as our Saviour foretold in the Gospels: ‘It is not what goes into anyone which causes defilement to the soul but it is what comes out of the heart that drags people to destruction. Continue reading

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Healed in the desert

VII.xxxv.2. Blessed Antony was accustomed to say, “The ancient fathers went into the desert, and having been healed became healers. They then came back and healed others. There are those among us nowadays who go into the desert and try … Continue reading

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Perfection according to St. Anthony

All these things which you have mentioned are indeed needful, and helpful to those who are thirsting for God, and desirous to approach Him. But countless accidents and the experience of many people will not allow us to make the most important of gifts consist in them. Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Monks

Practice what you preach in such a way that you don’t just give them commands, but show them by your example what to do. Continue reading

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Tears

If you want your virtues to be strengthened it is in floods of tears that that strengthening will come… Continue reading

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Remembering evil

if we reflect upon the evils sent against us by the demons we should be able to remain calm, knowing that God in the beginning created all things good … Continue reading

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Like a nursing mother

Repent, therefore, my son; you will see him who is gentle, our Lord Jesus Christ… Continue reading

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