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The Fathers of the Desert
« on: October 22, 2015, 04:37:45 AM »
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  • The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Apophtegma Patrum Latin - Words of the Fathers) are a set of precepts, anecdotes, and words attributed to hermits and monks who inhabited the Egyptian desert in the fourth century. These words were bandied orally for decades and then put in writing and indexed in the first half of the fifth century.
    These sayings have an educational role: they teach us to love God, to strengthen our will. I chose to give a short overview, selecting stories and aphorisms that seemed most likely to enrich us in our personal elevation to God. I am drawing from the Te Deum Forum because this section appears to have a comprehensive selection. This is food for the mind.

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    « Reply #1 on: October 23, 2015, 05:31:16 AM »
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  • The Holy Father Antoine, scanning the depths of God's judgments, asked: "Lord, how is it that some die young while others live very old? also why are some people poor and others rich? how is it that the poor are getting richer and the good are in need? "Then came a voice saying:" Anthony, attend to yourself; as they are judgments of God, and you do not need to know them. "

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    « Reply #2 on: October 27, 2015, 11:37:30 PM »
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  • Someone asked Father Antoine, "What must I keep to please God? "The old man replied:" Guard what I command you. Wherever you go, always have God before your eyes; whatever you do, have the testimony of Scripture; and in any place you get yours, do not move easily. Keep these three things and you are saved "

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    « Reply #3 on: October 28, 2015, 11:28:29 PM »
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  • Once he was in the Spirit, St. Anthony saw the world full of threads entwined into each other: and he cried: "Oh! who can get free? "And he heard a voice that said," Humility. "

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    « Reply #4 on: October 30, 2015, 12:35:33 AM »
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  • An archer saw Antoine one day that took some relaxation with the brothers and that he was, displeased. Then Anthony said: "Put an arrow on your bow and shoot. "He did it and as it was asked to do a second and a third time, Archer said." I could shoot well so many times that I will explain to sorrow to break my bow, "Antoine said:" He the same is true in the service of God; if we were to persist beyond measure it, we would be broken soon: it is therefore appropriate to relax sometimes. "When they heard this man, he retired edified."

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    « Reply #5 on: October 30, 2015, 11:04:31 PM »
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  • A brother said to St. Anthony: "Pray for me." The old man replied, "I will not take pity on you, nor will God either, if you do not put yourself before God in supplication.


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    « Reply #6 on: October 31, 2015, 11:17:23 PM »
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  • A brother had renounced the world and distributed his property to the poor, but by reserving some. It came at Saint Antoine. He had been aware of the fact; he said: 'If you want to become a monk goes to the village, buy meat, you cover in-your naked body. and come back. 'The brother was executed; dogs and birds tore her body. Back at Anthony, who asked if he had obeyed him, and show him his torn body. Then Saint Antoine said, 'Those who renounce the world and want to have money and are torn when the demon attacks them'.

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    « Reply #7 on: November 03, 2015, 01:34:25 AM »
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  • The Abbot Pambo once asked Father Antoine, "What should I do? "And the Elder said," Do not trust your virtue. Once a thing has been done, do you worry more. Control your tongue and your belly. "

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    « Reply #8 on: November 04, 2015, 12:26:16 AM »
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  • The Abbot Joseph of Thebes said, there are three kinds of men that find favor with God. First those who, when sick and tempted accept thanking God. Then those who perform their duties with purity in the sight of the Lord without trying to please men. Finally those who follow a spiritual father and renounce their own will.

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    « Reply #9 on: November 04, 2015, 11:37:36 PM »
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  • A brother asked one of the elders, "What can I do well to have eternal life? "He replied," God knows what is good. "However, I heard that someone who posed this question to Father Abbot Nisteros the Great Friend of St. Anthony, he replied:" All good works are not similar. For the Scripture says that Abraham practiced hospitality and God was with him; Elijah loved to pray alone, and that God was with him; David was humble, and God was with him. Therefore, all that your soul desires to accomplish, according to the will of God, do it, and she will be saved. "

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    « Reply #10 on: November 05, 2015, 11:43:56 PM »
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  • One of the elders said, poverty, hardship and discretion are the three characteristics of the hermit's life. For it is written, "If only we had with us the three men: Noah, Job and Daniel. "But Noah represents those who have nothing, those suffering Job and Daniel those who can discern good from evil. If these three things are in a man, God in him.


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    « Reply #11 on: November 06, 2015, 11:20:34 PM »
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  • The Abbot Poemen said, there are two things a man should hate above all because, in doing so, he can become free in this world. A brother asked, "What are these things? "The Old replied:" The easy life and vainglory. "

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    « Reply #12 on: November 10, 2015, 12:28:23 AM »
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  • It is said that at the very hour of his death, Father Pambo told the holy monks who surrounded him, "Since I arrived here in the desert, and I built a cell I inhabited, I do not remember having eaten bread until I have earned with my own hands, not having said a word I have to regret. And yet I go to the Lord as someone who has not even begun to serve God. "

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    « Reply #13 on: November 10, 2015, 05:41:10 AM »
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  • These are beautiful sayings. Thanks.

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    « Reply #14 on: November 10, 2015, 11:34:02 PM »
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  • Quote from: s2srea
    These are beautiful sayings. Thanks.


    There is great wisdom in the Fathers of the Desert. If you have problems and you do not have access to a spiritual director in whom you have confidence then I recommend studying the Fathers of the Desert.

     

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