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The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books--surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit.
In the fourth century, thousands of men and women fled into the Egyptian desert seeking to recapture the passion of the earliest Christians through lives of prayer and solitude. As records of the wisdom and purity of these "Desert Fathers and Mothers" spread through the Roman Empire, Christians streamed to their caves seeking counsel on the interior life. The hermits' ascetic practices and sagacious words were a shining witness to a living faith that could be woven into the fabric of daily life—offering timeless wisdom for Christians of any era. This volume contains Athanasius' famous The Life of St. Antony, St. Jerome's The Life of Paul the Hermit, and the collected sayings of many of the desert fathers and mothers. Encouraging humility, patience, prayer, introspection, and love, they teach that contemplative practice opens the door to eternal wisdom for daily life.
Merton's translation of a collection of sayings of the Desert Fathers is accompanied by an insightful introduction.
In this collection of Sayings, arranged under subject headings, the monks and nuns of fourth-century Egypt show us that the spirituality of the desert is for everyone. Their teaching speaks to any who follow the way of Christ; it is concerned more with action and behaviour than with mystical experience, with compassion, forbearance, self-knowledge and facing inner conflict.
Rowan Williams goes back to the 4th century desert fathers and mothers for inspiration and insight, discovering that their spirituality resonates strongly with aspects of the modern spiritual search. He uses examination of their stories and sayings as a starting point for his own reflections on topics such as: living in relationship with others; discovering the truth about ourselves; reassessing our priorities; silence and the importance of language; living in a fearless community; living within our limitations; life and death; staying and leaving.
What is within these pages are the words, thoughts and lives of some of the greatest men and women who left everything in the known world to find their calling within the desert. During the fall of the Roman Empire, (300-500 A.D.) there was also a migration of all walks of life and country leaving what was then the mightiest known empire, who had bestowed upon its citizens all that they could hope for. Some were wealthy, some were not, what mattered most was their inner commitment to God and the acceptance of the ascetic passage in their quest for unification with God. From within the rugged terrain of the, Lower Egyptian to the Sinai Desert, these individuals came to live out there remaining existence among the most barren and hospitable area.

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