Sermon Resources: The Wilderness is a Place to Grow

Here are some quotes from this past Sunday’s sermon:


“Anthony the Great, called ‘The Father of Monks’ was born in central Egypt about A.D. 251, the son of peasant farmers who were Christian. In c. 269 he heard the Gospel read in church and applied to himself the words: ‘Go, sell all that you have and give to the poor and come …’ He devoted himself to a life of asceticism under the guidance of a recluse near his village. In c. 285 he went alone into the desert to live in complete solitude. His reputation attracted followers, who settled near him, and in c. 305 he came out of his hermitage in order to act as their spiritual father. Five years later he again retired into solitude. He visited Alexandra at least twice, once during the persecution of Christian and again to support the Bishop Athanasius against heresy. He died at the age of one hundred and five. His life was written by Saint Athanasius and was a very influential in spreading the ideals of monasticism throughout the Christian world.” ~Sayings of the Desert Fathers



“Abba Pambo asked Abba Anthony, ‘What ought I to do?’ and the old man said to him, ‘Do not trust in your own righteousness, do not worry about the past, but control your tongue and your stomach.’” ~ibid, p. 2


“Abba Anthony said, ‘A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him sayin, ‘You are mad, you are not like us.’” ~ibid, p.6


“Abba Anthony said, ‘Whoever hammers a lump of iron, first decides what he is going to make of it, a scythe, a sword, or an axe. Even so we ought to make up our minds what kind of virtue we want to forge or we labour in vain.’” ~ibid, p. 8

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