Who we are Thursday January 18 2018, 01H12
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They tell the story of a certain brother who came to Scete to see Abba Arsenius, and who went into the church and entreated the clergy to take him to see him; and the clergy said to him, 'Refresh yourself a little, and you will see him.' And the brother said to them, 'I will eat nothing before I meet him and see him' ; and when the clergy heard this they sent a brother with him to show him Abba Arsenius, because his cell was some distance away. And when they had arrived there, they knocked at the door and went inside, and having saluted him, and prayed, they sat down and held their peace ; and the brother who was from the church answered and said, ' ( I will depart, pray for me. ' But when the other brother saw that he did not possess freedom of speech with the old man, he said to the brother from the church, 'I also will go with you,' and they departed together. Then he entreated him, saying, 'Take me also to Abba Moses who was a thief,' and when they went to him, the old man received them with joy, and having refreshed them greatly he dismissed them in peace. And the brother who had brought the visitor to Abba Moses said to him, ' Behold, I brought you to a man from a foreign land, and to an Egyptian, which of the two pleases you? ' And he answered and said to him, 'The Egyptian who has just received me, and refreshed me.' And when one of the old men heard what had happened, he prayed to God, and said, 'O Lord, show me this matter; one flees from the world for your Name's sake, and another receives and is gracious for your Name's sake.' And behold, suddenly there appeared to him on the river two great boats, and lo, Abba Arsenius and the Spirit of God were travelling in silence in the one, and Abba Moses and the angels of God were in the other, and they were feeding the monk with honey from the comb.


  • Carthusian Spirituality
  • Thomas Aquinas' Big Pile of Straw
  • Memorandum
  • How to get started
  • The Quies SBPCLC 5 steps commitment to the 11 guidelines is founded in sanctifying grace, which is the Life in us of the Most Holy Trinity
  • Quies is the fruit of being continually in the Presence, Love and  Will of God, living with and in the personal intimate friendship with the person of the Lord Jesus-Christ, a grace we personally and collectively aspire and feel called to fulfill as lay faithful, essentially guided by Saint Bruno's desert fathers spirituality: being with Christ.

Q: "What does one learn in the desert?"
Father Mina: "To have an authentic sincere Love towards Christ"
Q: "What experience of God do we make here?"
Father Mina: "We make the experience of the personal intimate friendship with the person of the Lord Jesus-Christ... The interior real lived sentiment of the intimacy with the Lord: I Am with you."
Q: "Thank you"
Father Mina was the first companion of Father Matta El-Maskine, one of the first 7 hermits of the Saint Macarius Monastery. He lives here in the manner of the first monks of the desert.
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