Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Amma Syncletica: Logoi (unfinished)

  • In the beginning, there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that, there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it’s smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. Thus we ought to light the divine fire in ourselves with tears and effort.
    – Amma Syncletica
    from ‘Desert Sayings’ quoted in How Shall We Live by Joan Chittister, OSB.


  • Amma Syncletica said, "There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in the town; they are wasting their time. It is possible to be a solitary in one's mind while living in a crowd; and it is possible for those who are solitaries to live in the crowd of their own thoughts."

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