Les Vies des SS. Pères des déserts d’Occident

Joseph-François Bourgoing de Villefore “Les Vies des SS. Pères des déserts d’Occident: Avec des figures qui représentent l’austérité de leur vie et leurs principales occupations.” Paris: P.-J. Mariette, 1722
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Contents:
1 Early history
2 Development of monastic communities
3 Notable Desert Fathers and Mothers
4 Practices
4.1 Withdrawal from society
4.2 Hesychasm
4.3 Charity and forgiveness
4.4 Recitation of scripture
5 Excerpts from The Sayings of the Desert Fathers
6 Essential texts
7 See also
8 Notes
9 References
10 External links
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“The Desert Fathers gave a great deal of emphasis to living and practicing the teachings of Christ, much more than mere theoretical knowledge. Their efforts to live the commandments were not seen as being easy—many of the stories from that time recount the struggle to overcome negative emotions such as anger and judgment of others. Helping a brother monk who was ill or struggling was seen as taking priority over any other consideration. Hermits were frequently seen to break a long fast when hosting visitors, as hospitality and kindness were more important than keeping the ascetic practices that were so dominant in the Desert Fathers’ lives.” [p.25]

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For Joseph-François Bourgoing de Villefore (1652-1737) see: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph-Fran%C3%A7ois_Bourgoing_de_Villefore
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The text of the book is available on-line at https://archive.org/details/lesviesdesssper02villgoog and
https://openlibrary.org/books/ia:lesviesdesssper01villgoog/Les_Vies_des_S.S._Peres_des_deserts_et_saintes_solitaires_d%27Orient_et_d%27Occident

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