Stories from the Desert Fathers

Wisdom from the earliest Christian monks preserved by their disciples and handed on to their descendants

The earliest Christian monks inhabited the desert land of the Middle East from the end of the second century AD onwards. Known as the “Desert Fathers”, they left a coherent doctrine mostly expressed in the rules and traditions which they passed on to their disciples. These are the foundation upon which later monastic legislators, including St Benedict, built their way of life. Many of the important points of their teaching are expressed in the form of anecdotes, of which we shall present here some favorites.


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