God’s Peace and blessings to you all. We continue with our selections from Palladius’ “Lausiac History” by exploring Chapter 8: Amoun of Nitria; Chapter 9: Or; and Chapter 10: Pambo.
As you read, consider these questions:
Chapter 8: Amoun of Nitria – Amoun feels called to the full ascetic life, but makes concessions for his wife, who eventually follows his way of life. What can we glean from this in how a contemplative may act within the modern world today? Was he actually unfair or considerate to his wife? Amoun was very concerned about his modesty, and was transported across the river so that he would not have to be seen naked. In our modern world today, in which sex sells the vast majority of products advertised, and magazines and advertisements teach us to objectify one another, how can we respond with our own degree of contemplative modesty?
Chapter 9: Or – This is a very brief passage in comparison to the others that Palladius provides. Nonetheless, he sums up Or’s life: “he never lied, nor swore, nor abused any one, nor spoke without necessity.” You could almost say that this encapsulates the contemplative life. How well do you live these points out in your own life? What more would you add to this list as necessary for the contemplative life?
Chapter 10: Pambo – Pambo readily gave away a donation made to him to other communities that were more in need. This lesson, perhaps, has more to do with the greater Church in which we, as contemplatives, work. What could our parishes and dioceses learn from this lesson? How does this approach reflect on the whole Church as the Body of Christ? Pambo had no interest in knowing how much silver had been donated, recognizing the giver’s root of pride. This is, after all, a very human tendency. How would Pambo teach us to give to those in need? Should we make a great show of how we help others as some parishes and even some Religious Communities do? Or should we simply give, quietly, and as we are able, because God knows all that we do? What lesson does Pambo offer with the incident involving the considerate Pior?
You can find the text online HERE. Enjoy and God’s Peace!