Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Morning in the Desert

Like many others who study and practice contemplative spirituality, I am fascinated by the lives and sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.  They were the original monks, who lived primarily in the deserts of Egypt, beginning in the third century. Beginning this morning, I'm going to try to post a saying from one of the Desert Fathers or Mothers each Monday.

"A brother came to a hermit: and as he was taking his leave, he said, 'Forgive me, abba, for preventing you from keeping your rule.' The hermit answered, 'My rule is to welcome you with hospitality, and to send you on your way in peace.'"

(From p. 136 of "The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks" translated by Benedicta Ward).

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