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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. 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.