Dispatch from the Desert: September 21st thru 27th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) September 22         Peter the Merciful of Constantinople (6th Century) Served as a tax collector in Africa under Justinian.  Peter was once a cruel man who rarely gave alms to the poor.  In a vision, he saw the demons heaping his sins against him on a scale.  To his … More Dispatch from the Desert: September 21st thru 27th

Dispatch from the Desert: September 14th thru 20th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) September 16th     Dorotheus of Egypt (4th century)  Lived in a cell in the Thebaid.  He built cells for new monks and would pray and recite the Psalms while weaving mats.  Cyprian (258) Bishop and hieromartyr of Carthage.  Unlike the other bishop of the same name, this Cyprian was … More Dispatch from the Desert: September 14th thru 20th

Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: Victory in Unity

“Iron sharpens iron, and a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  Proverbs 27:17 LXX The chattel enslavement of Africans and African Americans in Virginia was established by the early 1700’s.  Slave patrollers and a colonial militia were effective in crushing a widespread rebellion before it began in 1730.  Blacks who escaped south of the … More Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: Victory in Unity

Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: The Perils of Self Indulgence

“Our Father, Abba Anthony, said he had never put his own personal advantage before the good of a brother.”  John the Eunuch from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers There is a story of Abba Macarius receiving some fresh grapes.  He wanted to eat them.  But, he chose not to and knew another monk who … More Of Desert Fathers & Maroons: The Perils of Self Indulgence

Dispatch from the Desert: September 7th thru 13th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) September 11th     Theodora of Alexandria (490)  She was a married young woman who committed adultery.  Mourning what she had done, Theodora cut off her hair, dressed as a man, and gained entrance to a men’s monastery where she was heralded for her ascetic disciplines under the name Theodore.  … More Dispatch from the Desert: September 7th thru 13th