The Desert Fathers and the Geography of the Human Heart

Posted March 8, 2018 2:16 pm by Jonathan B. Coe

The Desert Fathers and the Geography of the Human Heart

“The crown of the monk is humility.”  ∼ Abba Orr, Desert Father, fourth century.
The Lenten season is well underway and it would be difficult to find devotional writings more aligned with the spirit of Lent than the words of the Desert Fathers. Two volumes come to mind: The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, translated by Benedicta Ward, SLG; and The Lives of the Desert Fathers, translated by Norman Russell with four helpful, introductory chapters by Ward. Both volumes are published by Cistercian Publications.
In the preface to The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Metropolitan Anthony of Sourzh is on-target in contrasting much

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