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Desert Fodder

Egypt’s Al Ahram reports on a Coptology conference that drew scholars from all over the world. Attendees discussed Pachomius, Shenouda, and many others, including Pisenthios of Coptos, “a hermit who hated vainglory and was sad when his meditations became known; he was in contact with saints like the prophet Elijah, caught fish for a sick monk, caused water to rise in a well, and ‘his fingers burned like lamps during prayer’.” Read more about The Spirit of Monasticism in Upper Egypt.