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« on: November 20, 2007, 01:56:37 AM »

I'm writing a paper for my religion class and need a particular quote from the desert fathers; I remember I first found it in Kallistos' book The Orthodox Way.  A certain Abba visits a holy woman only to find her sitting in her cell. He asks her, "Why are you sitting?" to which she says something like, "I'm not sitting, I'm on a journey." 

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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007, 02:05:28 AM »

One of the best known of the Desert Fathers of fourth century Egypt, St Sarapion the Sindonite, traveled once in pilgrimage to Rome. Here he was told of a celebrated recluse, a woman who lived always in a small room, never going out. Skeptical about her way of life - for he was himself a great wanderer - Sarapion called on her and asked: Why are you sitting here? To this she replied, I am not sitting, I am on a journey.

(Bishop Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way, St. Vladimir Seminary Press, Crestwood, NY, 1999)

http://updateslive.blogspot.com/2006/07/reading-together-with-fr-kallistos.html
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007, 02:08:33 AM »

Thanks a million, GiC!  I really appreciate that!
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 02:08:54 AM »

If you don't have the book here's a link to a google books page that has His Excellency's commentary:

http://books.google.com/books?id=HG8c-lUZIDEC&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=st+sarapion+the+sindonite+sitting+journey&source=web&ots=pozKpXL95U&sig=jE1VQtSkv6Z3FkA5AzQDdN1tROc
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2007, 02:15:08 AM »

I own it but it's on loan to a friend.  Thanks again!
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