Three Wisdoms for Today

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Study


A certain brother went to Abbot Moses in Scete, and asked him for a good word. And the elder said to him: Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.[i]


Amma Theodora said: “Let us strive to enter by the narrow gate. Just as the trees, if they have not stood before the winter’s storms cannot bear fruit, so it is with us; this present age is a storm and it is only through many trials and temptations that we can obtain an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven.”[ii]


Amma Syncletica said, “There are many who live in the mountains and behave as if they were in town, and 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 one who is a solitary to live in the crowd of personal thoughts.”[iii]


[i] Cited in Thomas Merton, The Wisdom of the Desert (New York: New Directions, 1960), 30.

[ii] Laura Swan, The Forgotten Desert Mothers (New York: Paulist Press, 2001), 64-65.

[iii] Ibid. 58.


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