God’s Peace and blessings to you all! For our next lesson on the Lausiac History, I invite you to read Chapter 1: Isidore; Chapter 2: Dorotheus; Chapter 3: Potamaena; and Chapter 4: Didymus. As you read consider these questions:
Chapter 1: Isidore > What do we learn about the bodily response to asceticism as shown by Isidore? As a contemplative adept, what relationship did he have with his “enemies”? Even in the midst of other people, what was the continual focus of his attention?
Chapter 2: Dorotheus > What did Dorotheus manage to build every year? How does this model of charity relate to our own relationship to community (Religious, Parish, Secular)? In what “wells” in your life have you found “asps” that have made you run away instead of trusting in God, and doing what God has called you to do?
Chapter 3: Potamaena > This story is typical of the early martyr hagiographies, but what can it teach us as monastics in the world today? Can it relate to us at all? What are the positive and negative implications of trying to relate to these kinds of stories today?
Chapter 4: Didymus > Does Palladius believe that perfection can be attained in this life? What is the significance of Palladius pointing out Didymus’ educational background? What example does he offer for prayer? Where have you been reluctant in prayer for yourself or others?
You can find the text online here: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/palladius-lausiac.asp
I look forward to reading your responses! God’s Peace