The Monk and the Bird

bro ephraim mar saba

While we’re at it – here’s a photo of one of the brothers at Mar Saba Monastery in the Judaean Desert. It seems clear that right relationship with God and right relationship with nature are normal. We met this monastic last year when we traveled in the Holy Land. It’s good to know that the stories of St. Seraphim and the bear or St. Francis and various animals are not things of the past.

7 Responses to “The Monk and the Bird”

  1. mic Says:

    that is quite a sight!

  2. Vasiliki D. Says:

    @mic, the tail of the bird resembles the pony tail of the monk 😉 <– [wink for those not familiar with computer funny faces.]

    Lovely photo.

  3. George Patsourakos Says:

    The photo of the monk reaching out his arm and having a bird on his open hand can be compared to God reaching out to mankind, in order to portray a loving, harmonious, and spiritual relationship between the two.

  4. Steve Says:

    Father, have you heard of Abba Dephar, the Church Carver of Ethiopia?

  5. fatherstephen Says:

    I have not. But I’ll look at the article.

  6. yeamlak fitur Says:

    Steve, thank you for the link.

    By the way Dephar or Defar means Fearless in the Amharic language. The Aba is following the tradition of others who carved churches for centuries on the mountains of Ethiopia. One is St. Lalibela who was a King and did these amazing twelve Lalibela churches by hand in the early 12th century. I have visited these churches and they are unbelievable. St. Lalibela was not the first though 40 years before him his uncle also a King him has done the same.

  7. Steve Says:

    Thank you Father, I much appreciate that.

    Thank you too Yeamlak. It is perfectly natural that a loving, benevolent and all powerful Father (God) should provide both the context and the narrative for the first-storey resurrection encounters of His children.

    An inconvenient truth will always be pushed to the periphery, particularly if money can’t be made of it.

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