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Alongside this literary conception of the desert was a more realistic idea of what life in the desert implied, demanded and offered. For the monks of Egypt almost the natural place of the desert, the desert was very real: the place of sterile lands, tombs as is typical of the Semitic mentality, wild beasts and nomadic bands. Karachi Subway Map The monk went to the desert in response to a call, whose connotations varied for each individual and which impelled the seeking of solitude as the name monk indicates, see Jerome, Ep.14, 6 so as to more freely live the teaching of the NT 1 Cor 7:25ff. ; Mt 10: 9-10; Acts 2:44; Rom 14: 1-2.
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The fact that withdrawal to the desert was open to hospitality gives the full, true meaning of the separation, which was not an alienation in the modern social-psychological sense, but a separation so as to be able to offer others, with the word of God, a fully human welcome Reg.Bened.53, 8-9; Vita Antonii 48. 57ff.
Passim. Hospitality was thus a duty and was offered in a climate of faith since, in the guest's visit, the monk was invited to recognize the visitation of God H.mon.
8,55, ed. Festugi¨re 68, 348ff. ; Cass. Conl.2,26.