Dispatch from the Desert: August 17th thru 23rd

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) No African (native born or from elsewhere) saints are listed for this week.   A Word from the Fathers & Mothers “Every virtue that is acquired without much effort is not strong and is easily shaken by the wind.”  Abba Isaac to Ammah Theodora, from the Matericon “How … More Dispatch from the Desert: August 17th thru 23rd

Dispatch from the Desert:  August 10th thru 16th

 African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) August 12th             Pallamon (ca. 325) Egyptian instructor of St. Pachomius August 16th             Chaeremon (4th century) Monk of Nitra, Egypt.  One lesson is attributed to him in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers     A Word from the Fathers & Mothers “How can we acquire the fear of God … More Dispatch from the Desert:  August 10th thru 16th

Dispatch from the Desert:  August 3rd thru 9th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) August 5th     Cantidus, Cantidian, and Sibelius (4th century) Martyrs of Egypt. August 7th    Or (390) A hermit of the Thebaid (Upper Egypt), said to have supernatural radiance due to his years of strict asceticism.  “For a monk, this is the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ to … More Dispatch from the Desert:  August 3rd thru 9th

Dispatch from the Desert:  July 27th thru August 2nd

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) There are no African, or African associated saints listed in the Prologue of Ohrid for the week.  If anyone has a list from another source, please feel free to send the information. A Word from the Fathers & Mothers “An old man was sitting in his cell and a voice … More Dispatch from the Desert:  July 27th thru August 2nd

Dispatch from the Desert:  July 20th thru 26th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) July 25th:  Eupraxia the Virgin (413)  She was the daughter of a nobleman in Constantinople and relative of Emperor Theodosius the Great.  Eupraxia and her mother moved to Egypt and worshiped at several monasteries.  She became a nun at seven years old growing in ascetic disciplines with age.  … More Dispatch from the Desert:  July 20th thru 26th

Dispatch from the Desert:  July 13th thru 19th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) July 13th:  Sarah of the Nile (370)  She became an ascetic as a young woman and struggled against her temptations for sixty years along the Nile River.  Many women saw Sarah’s example and also became nuns.  Nine lessons in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers and several in … More Dispatch from the Desert:  July 13th thru 19th

Dispatch from the Desert:  July 6th thru 12th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) July 6th:  Sisoes the Great (429)  He was a native Egyptian and disciple of Abba Anthony the Great.  After the death of the teacher, God had favor on his ascetic efforts and gave him the grace to perform miracles and drive away unclean spirits.  Fifty-four lessons in the … More Dispatch from the Desert:  July 6th thru 12th

Dispatch from the Desert:  June 29th thru July 5th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) July 3rd:  Isaiah the Recluse (ca. 429) Lived as an ascetic in Sketis, Egypt and Palestine.  While mentioned in the writings of Abba Barsanuphius and John, many of his own instructions for monks were destroyed by Muslims. A Word from the Fathers & Mothers Prayer and asceticism are … More Dispatch from the Desert:  June 29th thru July 5th

Dispatch from the Desert:  June 22nd thru 28th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) June 25th:  Gallicanus the Patrician (362) Martyred in Egypt June 28th:  The Translation of the relics of Martyrs Cyrus and John froom Canopus to Menuthis (412) Patriarch Cyril of Alexandria prayed for God to destroy the pagan city of Menuthis.  However, an angel instructed him to move the … More Dispatch from the Desert:  June 22nd thru 28th