Lighting the Fire

the Desert Fathers and Desert Mothers were a group of 3rd century hermit monks living an ascetic life in the deserts of Egypt. Their wisdom continues to help those seeking a spiritual life.

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 is 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

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