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 to limited and necessary contacts, the heart opens to a divine love that embraces all people.”

from “Four Desert Fathers (Popular Patristics Series Book 27)” by Palladius, John Behr, Tim Vivian

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