Desert Spirituality

Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart.
― Abba Poemen

Abba Zeno said, ‘If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks.’

“As he was dying, Abba Benjamin taught his sons this: Do this, and you’ll be saved: Rejoice always, pray constantly, and in all circumstances give thanks.”

Abba Sisoes said: Seek God and not where God lives.

Without great vigilance a man does not advance in even a single virtue — Abba Ammonas

Monastic Tradition Basil Pennington 35:02
Early Christian Desert Communities Cynthia Bourgeault 8:47
Wisdom of the Desert
Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers
Three Stories from Desert Monks 7:23
St Anthony the Great 9:09
Church Fathers Bishop Barron
The Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Benedicta Ward