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Cool. I really do like that. It's amazing how much knowledge we can learn from those who have come before us. I will be getting that book.


I now see why you sound so much like Merton to me...How nice that we share this love for him.

I will have to put this book on my "to buy" list. And you're right - what a powerful statement that is. Thanks for bringing all this to my attention.

Still saying a prayer for your brother and his family. God bless.


There are times when I wish I could be a desert monk. Thomas Merton's book is a good selection, but there is a great edition by Yushi Nomura, a former student of Henri Nouwen. Nouwen has written an introduction and Nomura translates, adding fantastic Japanese illustration to the sayings! Archbishop Rowan Williams wrote a book called 'Silence and Honey Cakes' which is his reflections on some of the sayings. He must have liked these monastics because his new book 'Where God Happens' is also on them!


I use the book _Sayings of the Desert Fathers_ quite frequently for sermons and classes. There are real treasures in there. I have also been spending a lot of time with Evagrius Ponticus as of late. There is a great edition of the Praktikos published in the Cistercians Studies series. If you are interested in desert spirituality, you should pick that one up.


wow indeed. real humility and solidarity. exactly what Jesus did in fact.


Henry Nouwen also used the 'Desert Fathers' in some of his writings. I can't think of the title right now, but have the book in my office. When I get that title I will pass it on.

The 'desert fathers' show some great examples of living out the faith, and have great wisdom in their words. I look forward to your posts.

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