The Desert Fathers on the Next Step

“Lot went to Joseph and said, ‘Abba, as far as I can, I keep a moderate rule, with a little fasting, and prayer, and meditation, and quiet: and as far as I can I try to cleanse my heart of evil thoughts. What else should I do?’ Then the hermit stood up and spread out his hands to heaven, and his finger shone like ten flames of fire, and he said, ‘If you will, you can become all flame.’”

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • reikimaster

    what a flamer

    • Carl McColman

      Your icon is a scream!

  • davensjournal

    In a snarky mood today…

    What does he hope to get from 4 Sweedes who were a hit during Disco Days?

    Just strange.

    • Carl McColman

      Perhaps the question really worth asking is, why did those hit-generating Scandinavians name themselves after early Christian mystics?

    • sihaya09

      Your brain and mine went to th exact same place.

      Then again, Abba was kinda flamey.