The Desert Fathers

Author: Benedicta Ward

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0140447318

Category: Reference

Page: 201

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The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalised and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the church, the Desert Fathers were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. Their sayings were first recorded in the 4th century and consist of spiritual advice, anecdotes and parables. The Desert Fathers' teachings and lives have inspired poetry, opera and art, as well as providing spiritual nourishment and a template for monastic life.

The Lives of the Desert Fathers

Author: N.A

Publisher: Cistercian Publications

ISBN: 9780879079345

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 181

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Eyewitness accounts of the lives and teachings of the fourth-century Desert Fathers from the Historia monachorum in Aegypto.

In the Heart of the Desert

Author: John Chryssavgis

Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc

ISBN: 193331656X

Category: Religion

Page: 180

View: 1369


Father John's inspiring introduction to the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers brings their words to life for the modern reader. These key figures of the early church chose lives of hardship and solitude, where they could point their hearts away from the outward world and toward an introspective path of God's calling in a deliberate and individual way. Contains a Foreword by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, the second highest ranking Orthodox Bishop in England.

An Introduction to the Desert Fathers

Author: Jason Byassee

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1597525308

Category: Religion

Page: 130

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The desert fathers wanted to get away from a church co-opted by empire and a Christian faith grown cold and listless. They retreated to the desert to do battle against demons and against their own worst desires. They had no intention of being famous; yet ironically their Sayings have inspired millions of imitators over the centuries. This guide is meant to accompany a reading of the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, in hopes that readers with lives quite different than those third- and fourth-century dwellers of the Egyptian desert might nevertheless come to imitate their lives of poverty, chastity, and obedience; and more importantly, that readers might grow more imaginative and passionate in their following of the same Lord.

Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Author: Philip Bochanski

Publisher: Tan Books

ISBN: 9781505114157

Category: Religion

Page: 220

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"Seek for meetings with holy men and women." These words from fifth-century bishop Palladius ring as true today as they did 1600 years ago. Palladius wrote of his visit to the deserts of Egypt where he spent a decade in conversation with some of the many men and women who lived in caves, huts and monasteries, seeking solitude for prayer and a life "alone with God alone." And now you can visit those same holy mystics and hermit. Through their own words, you will learn: how they were able to make a complete offering of themselves to God acquire great wisdom and insight into the spiritual life, spread this great wisdom across the desert...and the world and how you can bring their holiness and wisdom to bear in a busy world Even in their own time, the greatest and wisest of these monks and nuns were recognized as abbas ("fathers") and ammas ("mothers"), and their life stories and their sayings were collected and widely, but through the years we have unfortunately lost connection to these holy ones. Like the monks themselves, the teachings of the desert are characterized by their simplicity, their practicality, and their timelessness. Although they were developed amid circumstances quite different from modern urban life, you will find them readily adaptable and applicable to your own daily circumstances.

Discernment in the Desert Fathers

Author: Antony D. Rich

Publisher: Studies in Christian History a

ISBN: 9781842274316

Category: Religion

Page: 332

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This book is a study of discernment in the life and thought of the fourth- and fifth-century Egyptian desert fathers. Rich argues that for them discernment was a critical faculty and charism central to the spiritual and practical life of these early monks and nuns in their mystical search for God, for purity of life and knowledge of him.

The Desert Fathers

Author: Peter H. Gšrg

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1681494825

Category: Religion

Page: 131

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In the late third century, more and more people withdrew to the radical seclusion of the desert so as to live entirely for God under the direction of a spiritual father. Among these Desert Fathers one figure is especially preeminent: Saint Anthony the Hermit. This book takes the reader back to the hour when monasticism was born and describes the life of those revolutionary Christians who sought God in the Egyptian desert. The focus of the book is the life and work of Saint Anthony, whose experiences of the spiritual life have a timeless beauty and validity, even for those not called to live as a monk. The second half of the book presents other Desert Fathers, such as Paul of Thebes, Pachomius, and Simeon Stylites, as well as the great founders of the monastic communities in Western Europe who were inspired by them: John Cassian, Columban, and Benedict, for example.

Sayings and Lives of the Desert Fathers

Author: St George Monastery

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781667158587

Category:

Page: 482

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This book is an extensive resource on the desert fathers with almost 700 plus sayings.

The Letters of St. Antony

Author: Samuel Rubenson

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780800629106

Category: Religion

Page: 260

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This book revolutionizes our understanding of the life and thought of the great anchorite father of the Egyptian desert. It is a signal contribution to our knowledge of Egyptian Christianity in the third and fourth centuries.—Birger Pearson, Institute for Antiquity and Christianity Samuel Rubenson, by means of a fresh analysis of the letters of St. Antony, exposes the distortion of the picture of early Christian monks as unlettered and primitive. Rubenson describes the desert monasteries as centers of theological reflection in Egypt, showing how they combined the speculative philosophy of the Greeks and the biblical tradition. Included in this volume is a new translation of the letters themselves, which are shown to be authentic and an important source for the study of the desert fathers and the early monastic tradition. The later image of Antony is demonstrated to be influenced by church politics of the latter part of the fourth century. Samuel Rubenson is Associate Professor at Lund University, Lund, Sweden.