Lives of the Desert Fathers – Their Spiritual Doctrine and Monastic Discipline by Father Michel-Ange Marin

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by Father Michel-Ange Marin. This book takes us back to the roots of monastic life in 4th-century Egypt. The Desert Fathers possessed the true Christian spirit, the realization that we belong not to ourselves but to God. Incomparable narratives and spiritual instructions from the faith-filled lives of the first Christian monks. Follow the Desert Fathers along the pathways of holiness and discover with them the profound meaning of Jesus’ words: “The kingdom of God is within you.” Hardbound, 580 pages, numerous illustrations, index.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword …..Page 5
Introduction …..12
Historical Glimpse …..26
Map of Monastic Egypt …..34
PART I
SOLITARIES OF THE THEBAID
Saint Paul the First Hermit …..36
Saint Anthony, First Father of the Solitaries of Egypt …..47
The Works of Saint Anthony …..101
Disciples of Saint Anthony …..119
Saint Paul the Simple …..132
Saint Sisois …..141
Saint John of Egypt …..152
Saint Apollo, Abbot in the Lower Thebaid …..178
Saint Ammon, Anchorite in the Lower Thebaid …..192
Abbot Isidore and his Monastery …..195
Saint Paphnutius, Abbot, and Saint Thais, Penitent …..198
Saint Mutius, Penitent and Abbot in the Lower Thebaid, and Coprez, Priest and Abbot, his Disciple …..207
The City of Oxyrhynchus …..216
Saint Pachomius, Institution of the Order of Tabenna in the Upper Thebaid …..221
Petronius and Orsisius, Disciples of Saint Pachomius and his Successors in the Government of his Order …..274
Saint Theodore the Sanctified, Disciple of Saint Pachomius and Abbot of Tabenna …..285
Disciples of Saint Pachomius …..330
Monastic Discipline of Tabenna …..345
The Nuns of Tabenna …..281
Saint Euphrasia …..390
PART II
SOLITARIES OF NITRIA, THE CELLS AND PHERME
Saint Ammon, his Doctrine and Disciples …..412
Saint Pior …..426
Abba Or and his Disciple Athre …..433
Saint Pambo …..439
Solitaries of the Desert of Nitria …..450
Persecution of the Solitaries of Nitria under Emperor Valens …..464
The Desert of the Cells and Saint Macarius of Alexandria …..471
Abba Benjamin and Other Solitaries of the Cells …..496
Abba Theodore of the Cells …..509
Monastic Discipline of the Solitaries of Nitria and the Cells …..516
Notes …..535
Chronological Table …..538
Table of Illustrations …..540
Onomastic Index …..541
Subject Index …..549
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