"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sayings of the Desert Mothers

"Syncletica said, 'An open treasury is quickly spent; any virtue will be lost if it is published abroad and is known about everywhere.  If you put wax in front of a fire it melts; and if you pour vain praises on the soul it goes soft and weak in seeking goodness.'"

"She also said, 'The same thing cannot at once be seed and a full grown bush.  So men with a worldly reputation cannot bear heavenly fruit.'"

1 comment:

  1. That's a beautiful icon of st. Syncletica, Terry. Thanks very much for posting it. I had never heard of the "Desert Mothers" before; perhaps the closest one I have read about is St. Mary of Egypt, a very fascinating one. Of course I have read a little about the "Desert Fathers" and now learning about the Desert Mothers is a very "happy occurence". Makes it more "complete", so to speak. God bless you and ALL your readers here.


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