To confound the eugenicist Neopuritan Elite who believe that nothing good can come from Africa save land, cheap labor, and other resources for their anti-Christian civilization, here are some very wise and valuable sayings of St Syncletike of Egypt (4th century A. D.):
- "In the beginning there is struggle and a lot of work for those who come near to God. But after that there is indescribable joy. It is just like building a fire: at first it is smoky and your eyes water, but later you get the desired result. Thus we ought to light the divine fire in ourselves with tears and effort."
- "Those who put out to sea at first sailed with a favourable wind; then the sails spread, but later the wind becomes adverse. Then the ship is tossed by the waves and is no longer controlled by the rudder. But when in a little while there is calm, and the tempest dies down, then the ship sails on again. So it is with us, when we are driven by the spirits who are against us; we hold to the cross as our sail and so we can set a safe course."
- "There is an asceticism which is determined by the enemy and his disciples practice it. So how are we to distinguish between the divine and royal asceticism and the demonic tyranny? Clearly through its quality of balance."
- "It is dangerous for anyone to teach who has not first been trained in the practical life. For if someone who owns a ruined house receives guests there, he does them harm because of the dilapidation of his dwelling. It is the same in the case of someone who has not first built an interior dwelling; he causes loss to those who come. By words one may convert them to salvation, but by evil behaviour, one injures them."
- "I think that for those living in community obedience is a greater virtue than chastity, however perfect. Chastity carries within it the danger of pride, but obedience has within it the promise of humility."
- Someone asked Amma Syncletike of blessed memory, "Is absolute poverty perfect goodness?" She replied, "It is a great good for those capable of it; even those who are not capable of it find rest for their souls in it though it causes them anxiety. As tough cloth is laundered pure white by stretched and trampled underfoot, so a tough soul is stretched by freely accepting poverty."
- "Choose the meekness of Moses and you will find your heart which is a rock changed into a spring of water."
- "Just as a treasure that is exposed loses its value, so a virtue which is known vanishes; just as wax melts when it is near fire, so the soul is destroyed by praise and loses all the results of its labour."
- "Just as one cannot build a ship unless one has some nails, so it is impossible to be saved without humility."
Source: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2011/01/saint-syncletike-of-alexandria.html, accessed 8 Jan. 2014
From this it should be obvious that mankind has backslidden quite a bit from the time of St Syncletike and the blossoming of monasticism, despite our much praised technological advances, which in many cases are only serving to enslave us to the godless Elite and drive us further from God.
Africa’ can actually teach us quite a bit if we will take the time to listen to her. To that end, we hope you all will read the short life of St Syncletike, available at the path posted just above.
It begins, ‘Our holy mother Syncletike was born at
Alexandria in the course of the fourth century to rich and devout parents, who came originally from . From her youth, she had been seen as an excellent match on account of her great beauty, intelligence and virtues, and she had many suitors; but she remained deaf and blind to every worldly attraction, for she aspired only to spiritual marriage to Christ, the heavenly Bridegroom. Bringing her flesh into subjection by fasting and austerities of every kind, she constantly gathered her spirit in the depths of her heart and cried out night and day: "My Beloved is mine, and I am His" (Song of Songs 2:16). . . .’ Macedonia