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St. Arsenius

Desert Father & Anchorite, 350 - 445 A.D.

Flee, hide,

be silent,

pray continuously,

for in these

are the roots of sinlessness

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Cell of a monk discovered in Sketis, Egypt.  St. Arsenius might have lived in a cell like this one.

Linda - November, 2022 - St. Arsenius, who is perhaps my favourite desert father, was born in Rome in the year 350 or 360.  Because his father was a rich senator, he became a well educated man which then drew the attention of the Byzantine emperor Theodosius I who needed a tutor for his two sons Arcadius and Honorius. So Arsenius went to Constantinople in 383 and began to educate the two princes while living at court. It was a sumptuous life, but over time, he felt a growing desire to leave this life and renounce the world.

 

Having been formed by very righteous and good parents who had seen to his spiritual formation, Arsenius was a man of prayer.  While at prayer one day, he asked the Lord, "Teach me how to be saved".  The accounts differ as to what he Lord answered but