Strangers To The Desire For Domination…

Desert Mothers

“The same Amma [Theodora] said that a teacher ought to be a stranger to the desire for domination, vainglory, and pride.  A teacher should not be fooled by flattery, nor be blinded by gifts, conquered by the stomach, nor dominated by anger.  A teacher should be patient, gentle and humble as far as possible; successfully tested and without partisanship, full of concern, and a lover of souls.”

– Theodora 5, in Laura Swan, The Forgotten Desert Mothers

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