Dispatch from the Desert: November 2nd thru 8th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) November 3 Elias of Egypt (4th/5th century) Perhaps the same Abba Elias with 8 lessons in the Sayings of the Desert Fathers.  He lived among the rocks near Antinoe, a city in Upper Egypt (Lower Nubia).  He was hearaled for his asceticism and healing.  Abba Elias reposed at … More Dispatch from the Desert: November 2nd thru 8th

Dispatch from the Desert: October 26th thru November 1st

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) October 28th Terence, Africanus, Maximus, Pompeius, and the 36 (250) Martyrs in Carthage. October 30 Eutropia, Alexander, Cronion, Julian, Macarius, and 12 Companions (250)  Martyrs in Alexandria. A Word from the Fathers & Mothers Honor God in dee, praise Him in word, and unceasingly remember Him in the … More Dispatch from the Desert: October 26th thru November 1st

Dispatch from the Desert: October 19th thru 25th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) October 19  Varus and the Seven (ca. 307)  Varus was a Roman officer living in Egypt and a secret Christian.  He took care of imprisoned Christian teachers who encouraged him to join them as they were tortured and martyred. Cleopatra (327) & John (320)  Not the Egyptian queen.  … More Dispatch from the Desert: October 19th thru 25th

Dispatch from the Desert: October 12th thru 18th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) October 18  Apostle and Evangelist Luke (1st century)  Luke was born in Antioch and and became one of the 70 Apostles Jesus sent to preach during His earthly ministry (Luke 10:1-24).  He and Cleopas saw the resurrected Lord on the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-32).  Luke authored one … More Dispatch from the Desert: October 12th thru 18th

Dispatch from the Desert: October 5th thru 11th

African Saints (from the Prologue of Ohrid) October 5     Dionysius (265) Born into a pagan family in Alexandria and a student of Origen.  Dionysius became the Bishop of Alexandria in 247 during a time of great persecution having to encouage his flock to hold firm against false teaching.  October 8     Thais(Taisia) (340)  She was a … More Dispatch from the Desert: October 5th thru 11th

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

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: 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