Dispatch from the Desert:  March 16 thru 22

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohird):

March 16th:  Sabinus of Hermopolis, Egypt (303) – A Syrian who lived in the Egyptian city.  Sabinus was betrayed by someone he aided and was drowned in the Nile River.

March 17th:  Deacon Ambrose of Alexandria (400)

March 20th:  Photina the Samaritan Woman – She spoke with Jesus in John 4:4-31.  She and her two sons and five sisters evangelized in Carthage after the Lord’s Resurrection.  They were arrested and sent to Rome where they were martyred by Nero.

March 21st:  Bishop Serapion of Thmuis, Egypt (358) – Serapion was a companion of Anthony the Great and was the Abbot of a monastery with over 11,000 monks.  Four lessons are attributed to him in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers.


A Word from the Fathers & Mothers

“Don’t think that sickness is grievous.  Sickness accompanies us only to the grave, but sin follows the sinner even after the grave.” — Abba Serapion

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