Friday, January 1, 2010

Desert Wisdom

"We must direct our souls with discernment."
~~Amma Syncletica

This is the final Desert Wisdom blog as I have essentially exhausted my resources during the past three years.

Fortunately, books on the wisdom of the desert mothers and fathers abound. I imagine they would all find it wonderfully ironic as it was their goal to possess, like Jesus, as little as possible. Yet, there were still those in their own infinite wisdom that had enough foresight to collect the sayings of these men and women and pass them on.

And Thank God that they did so because over the centuries there have been multitudes who have benefited from the wisdom of our desert fathers and mothers.

In creating this blog, I have depended on half a dozen books or so and continue to add more to my "library."

The books I use include:

The Wisdom of the Desert

The Wisdom of the Desert
by Thomas Merton

Orthodox Prayer Life

Orthodox Prayer Life:
The Interior Way

by Matthew the Poor

The Desert Fathers

The Desert Fathers:
Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

by Benedicta Ward

Desert Father

Desert Father:
A Journey in the Wilderness

with Saint Anthony

by James Cowan

The Forgotten Desert Mothers

The Forgotten Desert Mothers
by Laura Swan

The Desert Mothers

The Desert Mothers:
Spiritual Practices from the Women of the Wilderness

by Mary C. Earle


by Alan Jones


Mary said...

I am sorry to see you leaving.
Your blog has touched my heart and life in so many ways. Thank you!

May you find many blessings along your new path.
With deepest gratitude,

John said...

I hope you keep Wisdom of the Desert on the Internet as a resource and that you begin a new blog for all on the journey to dwell with God.

From the blog on May 18, 2009: Peace be with you:

“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.’"

Nathan K said...

Thank you.

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Jan said...

Thank you. I will miss you.

Anonymous said...

hi.. just dropping by here... have a nice day!

Amy Paget said...

I just found you...and now you are done! May I have permission to credit you and use your posts and images occassionally on my blog....Apres Efm....

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Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your contribution through this blog. It was a great opportunity to get in touch with the wisdom thanks to your generosity. God bless you.

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