‘Athletes for Christ’ they called themselves.
The Desert Fathers were quiet, fourth century hermits who went to extremes, leading a strenuous pursuit of spiritual rigor in the empty wastelands of Syria, Egypt and Palestine.
Who were they? Desperate fools or the first radical Christians? And what relevance can they have for us today? A quaint oddity from our past or a pure, uncomplicated pattern for today?
It all depends, I suppose, on what you think ofthe Gospel. I discovered the Desert Fathers very early in my priesthood and they have been for me a constant and fresh inspiration to go further and deeper into the passion of God.
Father Pius Sammut, OCD