Category Archives: Desert Wisdom

Desert Wisdom: No Particular Quantity

I grow fonder of the early Christians as I read more about them and read more of their actual writings.  Far from being “so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good,” they rather reveal an earthiness and a desire to … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: Unceasing Prayer (2)

I was all set to move ahead with Bunge’s material when a reading from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey (January 14) caught my attention.  He added a piece of insight which I want to pass on to you. We … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: Unceasing Prayer

We are never nearer to the disposition of prayer in general or to the mindset of the early Christians in particular than when connect with St. Paul’s words, “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  Bunge turns to an extended treatment … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: The “Water” of Humility

The early Christians did not believe tears ceased when repentance occurs (p. 102).  They continue to flow, but now from a different source.  They do not come from the pool of sin, but from the Headwaters of humility, which God … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: The “Water” of Repentance

Bunge returns to the overarching theme of this section in his book—the gift of tears.  If the desert is the place where true repentance occurs, then part of God’s “water” to revive our souls is the tears we shed in … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: The Inevitable “Desert”

Bunge rightly notes that we do not instinctively move toward repentance.  Our egocentrism (fallen soul) tries to escape conviction.  One way the ancients described it was speaking of “going into the desert.” Evagrius used these additional words to describe it:  … Continue reading

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Desert Wisdom: Where Prayer Begins

Ask the early Christians where prayer begins, and they will almost always say, “in repentance.”  Bunge turns to this on page 99. This emphasis is related to the post a couple of weeks ago where we noted that the first … Continue reading

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