How can journeying into the ‘desert’ help one to rediscover a long-forgotten depth of soul and the potential for a life-altering transformation?

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What does it mean to enter the desert, to dwell there, either by choice or necessity?

‘The Word in the Desert’

Douglas Burton-Christie is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

He is the author of The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Holiness in Early Christian Monasticism.

He talks to Liam OCathasaigh about what it means for us to enter the desert, and how desert spirituality might help us renew contemplative living in the present moment. Such questions were crucial to the ancient Christian monks who first ventured into the wild terrain of the Egyptian desert to seek God in solitude and silence and they have continued to shape the Christian contemplative imagination down to the present moment.