Monday 26th April, 2021
Rowan Williams, Silence and Honey Cakes (Lion Books, 2003), 45.
Image: Noah Silliman, USA, @NoahSilliman
This quote is by Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury (published whilst in this post). It is taken from Silence and Honey Cakes (Lion Books, 203), 45. This book is now a well-loved classic amongst Rowan's very considerable output, in which he explores the wisdom, spirituality and insights contained in the writings of the Desert Mothers and Fathers. These quite incredible early Christian women and men lived out in the deserts around Egypt and Syria from the late 3rd to 6th centuries AD and from their communities emerged the monasticism that flourished in Europe and the Christian east from the 6th century onwards. For more about this book, see here. For a short audio on YouTube of Rowan talking a little about this topic, see here.