In the fourth century, thousands of men and womeen fled into the Egyptian desert
seeking to recapture the passion of the earliest Christians through lives of
prayer and solitude.
A records of the wisdom and purity of the “desert fathers and mothers”
spread through the Roman Empire, Christians streamed to the caves of these desert
hermits, 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 both monastic
and lay Christians.
This volume contains Athanasius' famous The Life of St. Anthony, St.
Jerome's The Life of Paul the Hermit, and the collected sayings of many
of the desert fathers. Encouraging humility, patience, prayer, introspection,
and love, the desert fathers and mothers teach today's believers that deep contemplative
practice opens the door to eternal wisdom for daily life.
Softbound. 116 pp.