Sojourners: Monastic Letters and Spiritual Teachings from the Desert
The secrets of the journey stipulate certain rules. We should always feel that we are sojourners, pilgrims seeking their eternal homeland. This feeling should not disappear from our heart, mind, or body for a single moment. We should cherish it both inwardly and outwardly, lest we inadvertently forget the state of our exile, an exile in which we feed on the inextinguishable love of God. For fire can be quenched with a little water, but love, if it really burns within one’s heart, nothing can quench it; — neither disdain, nor contempt, nor hostility, nor humiliation, nor indifference. If these negative feelings found a place in an enemy’s heart and death itself embodied in a hostile person, even this would not quench love!
**THE BOOK IS ENHANCED BY THE FOREWORD BY SAMUEL RUBENSON **
Father Matthew the Poor (Matta El-Maskeen) (1919-2006)is the refounder and the spiritual father of the Monastery of St. Macarius the Great, Wādī al-Naṭrūn, Egypt. He has greatly contributed to the revival of the Coptic monastic life and has played a significant role in the rediscovery of the Early Church Fathers. Father Matthew has been a great advocate of Christian unity. He has hundreds of publications in numerous fields only some of which have been translated so far.