Meet Desert Mom Syncletica | Teresa Blythe

Ink drawing of Syncletica by Trey Everett

Religious course owes a lot to the early Christians often known as the “desert fathers and moms.” We proceed this collection taking a look at a few of the most fascinating of the desert mystics.

Riches to Rags

As a younger 4th century lady, Syncletica of Alexandria had all of it. Legend has it she was stunning, desired by many eligible suitors, educated, and rich. Early in her childhood, Syncletica gave herself so completely to God that when her father organized a wedding to a rich man, she begged her father to first enable her to enter the desert and discover the ascetic life. Whereas on that Holy Land pilgrimage, she escaped her entourage, wrote a letter to her household saying, “don’t attempt to discover me,” and ran off to check with a desert father to study residing the solitary life.

When her dad and mom died, she gave her whole inheritance to the poor, minimize off all her hair to look androgenous, and took her sister, who was blind, together with her to the desert. There, in a cave the place she lived 28 years, Syncletica discovered few distractions from her aim to be nearer to God.

Changing into an Amma

Syncletica turned a well known desert trainer and “Amma” (non secular mom) – one of many few girls quoted within the Sayings of the Desert Fathers. In her sayings, it’s clear she didn’t suppose the desert hermit life was for everybody, and even believed that some who got here to the desert to dwell have been outwardly quiet however inwardly louder than many who lived in cities.

One in all her non secular items was non secular discernment. When girls would come to the desert in search of a life like hers, she observed lots of them weren’t able to dwell in poverty. It wasn’t sufficient for these girls to resign all worldly possessions, Syncletica anticipated them to follow the bodily hardships of poverty, corresponding to fasting and sleeping on the naked floor.

Meek as Moses

Humility was a worth Syncletica held expensive. She taught that “the soul is made feeble by reward and shortly loses the resilience of its virtues.”

Select the meekness of Moses and you’ll discover your coronary heart

which is a rock become a spring of water.

On the age of 81, Syncletica developed a painful illness of the throat, most likely a sort of most cancers, which left her mute. By that point, the witness of her life and means of religion spoke louder than any phrases. She was 84 when she died.


These vignettes are present in a card assortment referred to as “Exploring the Depths: Desert Fathers and Moms” supplied by Teresa Blythe and Trey Everett. The playing cards are appropriate for coloring. For extra data, go to

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