Dispatch from the Desert: September 28th thru October 4th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid)

October 4     Ammon (350)  He and his wife decided to live seperately.  She organized a convent while Ammon led a community of monks in  the Nitria desert.  Three lessons in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers are attributed to him.

Paul the Simple  (339)  He caught his wife in sin and joined St. Anthony in the Egyptian desert.  Despite being illiterate, he was well respected for his spiritual perception and miracle working. 

Gaius, Faustus, Eusebius, and Chaeremon (3rd century) martyred in Alexandria.

A Word from the Fathers & Mothers

“Those who are great athletes must conted against stronger enemies.”  Amma Syncletica, from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers

“It is the duty of all Christians to go to the house of God first thing in the morning and pry to him to make ready the work of their hands.”  Abba Aaron, from the Paphnutius:  Histories of the Monks of Upper Egypt and the Life of Onnophrius

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