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The sayings were originally passed on orally in that language. The earliest written record of the sayings appears to be from the end of the 4th century AD. Two versions from the 5th century, the Collectio Monastica , written in Ethiopic , and the Asceticon of Abba Isaiah , written in Greek, show how the oral tradition became the written collections. Martin of Braga also translated some of the sayings into Latin, followed by a more extensive translation by Paschasius of Dumium in approximately AD. Helen Waddell translated a selection of elements from the Vitae Patrum into English in the early 20th century.

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Apophthegmata Patrum apo, from; phtheggomai, to cry out; pater, father Sayings of the Fathers of the Desert. Various collections exist of aphorisms and anecdotes illustrative of the spiritual life, of ascetic and monastic principle, and of Christian ethics, attributed to the more prominent hermits and monks who peopled the Egyptian deserts in the fourth century. In all these collections the great mass of material is the same, although differently disposed, and it is now agreed that our actual apophthegma literature is Greek, though no doubt much of it is ultimately of Coptic origin.

In the course of the fourth century this or that saying of the more famous ascetics was repeated by their disciples, and thus circulated. There is no reason to doubt that these sayings and anecdotes were in large measure authentic, but no doubt many were attributed to wrong persons, and many more were apocryphal inventions.

These single sayings tended to coalesce into groups, sometimes as the apophthegmata of one Father, sometimes as those dealing with the same subject. Out of these groups were formed the great collections which we have. They are arranged on an alphabetical principle, or according to the subject-matter. As to the character of the apophthegmata we find that, while they contain a certain grotesque element, the general teaching maintains a high level.

They cover the whole field of the spiritual and religious life, and are a veritable storehouse of ascetic lore: Many of them have a primitive freshness and quaintness, and a directness that comes from a deep knowledge of the human heart. They almost always possess a simple beauty that makes them interesting and wholesome reading, and at times they rise to great mystic heights.

Along with Cassian, the apophthegmata reveal to us the well-springs of Christian spirituality and religious life. Sources Where the chief collections of Apophthegmata are to be found has already been indicated.

About this page APA citation. Butler, E. Apophthegmata Patrum. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Butler, Edward Cuthbert.

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Apophthegmata Patrum apo, from; phtheggomai, to cry out; pater, father Sayings of the Fathers of the Desert. Various collections exist of aphorisms and anecdotes illustrative of the spiritual life, of ascetic and monastic principle, and of Christian ethics, attributed to the more prominent hermits and monks who peopled the Egyptian deserts in the fourth century. In all these collections the great mass of material is the same, although differently disposed, and it is now agreed that our actual apophthegma literature is Greek, though no doubt much of it is ultimately of Coptic origin. In the course of the fourth century this or that saying of the more famous ascetics was repeated by their disciples, and thus circulated.

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Jump to navigation Jump to search If a man does not say in his heart, in the world there is only myself and God, he will not gain peace. Quotes[ edit ] Sayings of the Desert Fathers, as translated by Benedicta Ward , SLG Cistercian Publications: Just as fish die if they stay too long out of water, so the monks who loiter outside their cells or pass their time with men of the world lose the intensity of inner peace. So like a fish going towards the sea, we must hurry to reach our cell, for fear that if we delay outside, we will lose our interior watchfulness. Hate the world and all that is in it. Hate all peace that comes from the flesh.

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