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The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks

The Desert Fathers were the first Christian monks, living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. In contrast to the formalised and official theology of the "founding fathers" of the church, the Desert Fathers were ordinary Christians who chose to renounce the world and live lives of celibacy, fasting, vigil, prayer and poverty in direct and simple response to the gospel. Their sayings were first recorded in the 4th century and consist of spiritual advice, anecdotes and parables. The Desert Fathers' teachings and lives have inspired poetry, opera and art, as well as providing spiritual nourishment and a template for monastic life.

Introduction

Chapter 1. PROGRESS IN PERFECTION

Chapter 2. QUIET

Chapter 3. COMPUNCTION

Chapter 4. SELF-CONTROL

Chapter 5. LUST

Chapter 6. POSSESSING NOTHING

Chapter 7. FORTITUDE

Chapter 8. NOTHING DONE FOR SHOW

Chapter 9. NON-JUDGEMENT

Chapter 10. DISCRETION

Chapter 11. SOBER LIVING

Chapter 12. UNCEASING PRAYER

Chapter 13. HOSPITALITY

Chapter 14. OBEDIENCE

Chapter 15. HUMILITY

Chapter 16. PATIENCE

Chapter 17. CHARITY

Chapter 18. VISIONS

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