Abba Moses the Black of Scete

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog
Abba Moses the Black of Scete

“Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits.” — St. Isaac the Syrian In mid-forth century Alexandria, Egypt, there lived a powerhouse […]

Lessons from Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog
Lessons from Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

Between the fourth and seventh centuries, the desert of Palestine became home to a large number of monks and monasteries. From these, several great elders emerged, including St. Barsanuphius (nicknamed ‘the Great Old Man’) and St. John the Prophet (nicknamed ‘the Other Old Man’) in the sixth century. These two elders kept up an ongoing […]

Abba Sisoes the Great

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Blog
Abba Sisoes the Great

Today we commemorate the venerable Sisoes the Great (+429), a hermit who labored in the heat of the Egyptian desert for over sixty years. He first struggled at Sketis before seeking further solitude across the Nile. He settled in the cave of the recently departed St. Anthony the Great and said, “Thus in the cave […]

Four Desert Fathers

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Blog
Four Desert Fathers

Over the past seven days we’ve commemorated several important Desert Fathers. The first three lived in the desert and wilderness of Palestine and the fourth lived in the ‘utter desert’ of Egypt where there was ‘a huge silence and great quiet.’¹

charitonSaint Chariton the Confessor fearlessly confessed Christ during Aurelian’s persecution and was tortured then thrown into prison. He was later released and vowed to live a life of ascesis and renunciation. On his way to Jerusalem thieves abducted Chariton and …