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“I am not sitting, I am on a journey”.

One of the best known of the Desert Fathers of 4rth century, travelled once on pilgrimage to Rome. Here he was told of a celebrated recluse, a woman who lived always in one small room, never going out. Skeptical about her way of life- for he was himself a great wanderer- called her and asked “Why are you sitting here? To this she replied: “I am not sitting, I am on a journey”.

I am not sitting, I am on a journey. Every Christian may apply these words to himself or herself. To be a Christian is to be a traveler, our situation, say the Desert Fathers, is like that of the Israelite people in the desert of Sinai: we live in tents, not houses, for spiritually we are always on the move. We are on a journey through the inward space of the heart, a journey not measured by the hours of our watch or the days of the calendar, for it is journey out of time into eternity”. (Kallistos Ware in the Orthodox Way)