Friday, June 3, 2011

Spending June in the Desert

I recently returned to regular reading in Celtic Daily Prayer after finishing "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Several years have passed since I used this for prayer and meditation. After an extended sabbatical, the readings are fresh again.

The readings for June are from the sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.

June 1 (excerpt): "If you want to have rest here in this life and also in the next, in every conflict with another say, 'Who am I? and judge no one." --Abbott Pastor

For me, it's the "every" that trips me up. I am able to do this sometimes, but when I get het-up, the chances of me remembering to ask myself a humbling question in the middle of battle are fairly slim. Still, I believe it's worth considering, even if I only manage to do it after the battle is over. The great thing about mistakes is that you can learn from them.

June 3 (excerpt): "The time is coming when people will be insane, and when they see someone who is not insane they will attack that person, saying, 'You are insane, because you are not like us.'" --Abba Antony

I don't think that requires any commentary at all.

1 comment:

  1. This is one of my FAVORITE books for devotional reading!