Saturday, 14 July 2012

Solitary amongst a crowd

Syncletica

Amma Syncletica said,
“Many live in the mountains
and behave as if they were living amidst the uproar of the city,
and they are lost.
It is possible
while living amongst a crowd
to be inwardly solitary,
and while living alone
to be inwardly beset by the crowd.”

Sayings of the Desert Fathers (quoted in Roots of Christian Mysticism)