The Rebel Virgins and Desert Mothers Who Have Been Written Out of Christianity’s Early History

Usually when we think of monks and the monastic life we picture something from the Middle Ages but they were following a tradition that dates back to the earliest days of Christianity. In the first centuries AD, as Christianity became formalized and political some renounced their lives and families and went into the desert to live as hermits. Church history remembers these Desert Fathers but deliberately chose to forget the Desert Mothers, the women who defied social norms and Roman law to also live the hermit life.

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