Lenten Wisdom From the Desert Day 8

In the email in which this saying arrived to me this morning the only comment made by the sender was, “We withdraw into the desert to confirm that we are not alone.”

Since Abba Bishoy was always pushing forward to what lies ahead  (Phil 3.13) he was not content with his former practices but insisted on finding other ones: to his former practice of fasting for one week he added another: fasting for two weeks, at the beginning of the third he would partake of a little bread with salt as his food. Even more remarkable is the fact that no one knew about his way of life equal to the angels except God alone, who sees what is hidden and has the unknown right before his eyes. And so his love for contemplative solitude became inexhaustible, but what he held dear seemed to be to offer prayers to God alone and to converse with him and be reconciled with the Supreme Judge and draw near to him through illuminations received in solitude.




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