Dispatch from the Desert:  May 18th thru 24th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid):

 May 19th:  Acoluthus (284-305) Martyred in Hermopolis, Egypt

May 20th:  Asclas (287) Martyred in Antinoe, Egypt with Leonides.  Their tormentor, Arrian repented later and proclaimed Jesus before his fellow pagans and was executed.

Thalassius the Myrrh-gusher of Libya (ca. 668)

May 21:  Hieromartyr Secundus and those with him (356) Martyred in Alexandria

May 22:  Bishop Donatus, the Priest Macarius, and the Deacon Theodore (ca. 316) Hieromartyrs of Thmuis, Egypt

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A Word from the Fathers & Mothers

“Abba Pambo came to Alexandria at the request of Archbishop Athanasius.  On the way, he saw an actress and began to weep.  Those who were with him asked the reason for his tears.  ‘Two things make me weep,’ he replied.  ‘One, the loss of this woman; and the other that I am not so concerned to please God as she is to please wicked men.’”      Abba Pambo, from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers


“Blessed Sarah was attacked by the demon of fornication for 15 years.  She never prayed for the struggle to end.  Instead she prayed, ‘God, strengthen me.’”  From the Matericon

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