geopiedra: Copt Monasteries / Coptic Monasteries

The Gospel says: "God has spoken many times and in many ways" ... (Hebrews 1: 1)

According to the Christian faith, God is revealed in many ways, one through nature, expressing His will through the elected ...

Those phenomena in which God has appeared, and we can not explain, we call them miracles and those men who have been He is the author of this book, and he is the author of this book.

At the origin of the Christian monastic activity, throughout this earthly world, God has used the symbiosis between a holy man and what perhaps could be attributed to a miracle. . I mean life itself of St. Paul of Thebes, or the Hermit (228-342 AD), and a spring, just a trickle of water, which flows from the bowels of the earth in the arid Egyptian desert

Church (up) and Monastery of Saint Paul

Of the Life of St. Paul, as well as that of his contemporary San Anthony the Abbot, I will not occupy in this post, nor about the history of the monasteries which fo I have been fortunate to visit, or the treasures that they hide, not so much material as spiritual and accessible to any visitor, believer or not, Coptic, Catholic or of other faith: peace, meditation, spirituality, history itself made environment ...

Entry to the church in Saint Paul's, basement of Saint Anthony and a street in Saint Anthony's monastery Rather, I am going to focus on describing a natural fact, this "miracle of nature" ..., as long as the scientific man of the century we live in is unable to explain it. Let's see: Let's think of the hard, dry and inhospitable land of the Egyptian desert, among the fertile Nile Valley and the western shore of the Red Sea, actually the eastern end of the Sahara Desert, which extends into the Sinai, and after in the Arabian Peninsula. A territory in which it hardly ever rains, maybe once or twice a year, a few minutes, a few millimeters.

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Let's say that St. Paul spent 60 of his more than 100 years long life as a hermit, praying and meditating, united to his spring, the St. Anthony to his, and with other foundations, it was his followers who years after their death gave place to the monasteries that bear their names.

Spring of Saint Paul's monastery (Egypt) Paul produces four cubic meters of water per day ... more than the hermit probably needed to drink and grow some food, have some dates and let the thirsty desert swallow the remainder, just a few tens of meters after the sprout. Saint Anthony was luckier ..., his source produces one hundred cubic meters per day. Its water in addition, unlike the first, is blander, since the first is a little salty. In both cases, the flow is constant all year round, every day of the year. The Monastery of Saint Anthony (Egypt) is one of the most important monasteries in the world. ) But the Nile is far, too far, and water that may infiltrate will never come to these springs, nor because of distance nor because of height. In addition, the flow of the Nile is not always constant, but fluctuates with its famous floods and then infiltration neither is nor the result that this could lead to.What can then be the source of water that flows in these places ... ? Monastery of Saint Paul (Egypt)

Thinking about the lives of Saint Anthony the Abbot or St. Paul of Thebes in the desert, immersed in heat and unbearable thirst, I imagined a world of blinding light where absolute deprivation leads to a harrowing experience of opposing views of demons and God ...

Under such conditions life is simply not possible, it can not last. The reality is that even in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, temperatures are bearable in the shade, either that of a cave or the thick walls of the monastery and its palm trees.

Monastery of Saint Anthony (Egypt)

Hermits living in the wilderness, yes, but established around areas of striking beauty, life and peace, protected from the elements. In both monasteries, the spring water has been channeled to create small oasis that although in the case of St. Paul is certainly very limited, in Saint Anthony it keeps a beautiful garden. Saint Paul and Saint Anthony chose these locations and monasteries were here founded, because here was a source of water ... the only water in a large region ...

Church in Saint Paul's Monastery and Spring of Saint Anthony (Egypt)

  • Adam Floyd