In the fourth century, thousands of men and women fled into the Egyptian desert seeking to recapture the passion of the earliest Christians through lives of prayer and solitude.
As records of the wisdom and purity of the “desert fathers and mothers” spread through the Roman Empire, Christians streamed to the caves of these desert hermits, seeking counsel on the interior life. The hermits’ ascetic practices and wise words were a shining witness to a living faith that could be woven into the fabric of daily life.
This volume contains Athanasius’ famous The Life of St. Anthony, St. Jerome’s The Life of Paul the Hermit, and the collected sayings of many of the desert fathers. Encouraging humility, patience, prayer, introspection, and love, the desert fathers and mothers teach today’s believers that deep contemplative practice opens the door to eternal wisdom for daily life.