Daily Reflection for July 24, 2023

Concerning the devastation of Scetis, Abba Macarius said to the brethren, “When you see a cell built close to the marsh, know that the devastation of Scetis is near; when you see trees, know that it is at the doors; and when you see young children, take up your sheep-skins, and go away.”

A monk or nun values the desert: silence, solitude, poverty of spirit provide a fertile environment for prayer.