Eucherius of Lyon
5th century Bishop of Lyon
De laude eremi edit
- Harmless, William (2004). Desert Christians: an introduction to the literature of early monasticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-516222-6.
Quotes from De laude eremi (In Praise of the Desert):
- I would say that the desert deserves to be called a temple of our God without walls. Since it is clear that God dwells in silence, we must believe that he loves the solitary expanses of the desert. Although God is present everywhere, and regards the whole world as his domain, we may believe that his preferred place is the solitudes of heaven and of the desert.
- De laude eremi 3
- From the dwelling places in the desert, the road lies always open to our true homeland. Let those who desire “to see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps. 27:13) take up their residence in an uninhabitable wasteland. Let those who strive to become citizens of Heaven be guests first of the desert.
- De laude eremi 16
- Did not he also live in the desert who was greater than any man born of woman, he who was a voice crying in the desert? In the desert he instituted baptism, and in the desert he preached repentance. In the desert the Kingdom of Heaven was first heard of. In the desert he first commanded those mysteries to his listeners, be cause by going into the desert they could sooner merit them. It was highly fittingthat this desert dweller, this angel sent before the face of the Lord, should open the way to the heavenly kingdom. He was both a precursor of Christ and a witness worthy to hear the Father speakingfrom heaven, to touch the Son as he baptized him, and to see the Holy Spirit descending.
- De laude eremi 21