Saint Isaac of Syria

This past weekend was the Heritage Festival at Church.  Saint Andrew’s has this festival every year and I have gone every year except for this year and the year I spent staying with my Isaac_of_Syria1Mommy.  As a present, The Husband brought me an icon of Saint Isaac of Syria who was a scribe and an ascetic during the 7th Century.  I am always up for learning about the Saints,  especially those considered “scribes”, past and present, and had heard several different people talking about him in the Church in the past.  So, what did I do once I was alone?  I went to the Internet to see what I could find out about him.  According to, Saint Isaac was an ascetical homeliest, which I found interesting because he read scripture and wrote down what he thought about them, how he saw and viewed them.  This is very close to my heart because I do the same.  When there is time I ask my priest questions and learn even more!  However, there is a quote from Saint Isaac leading me to read more from him.  It is tis;

“Why do you increase your bonds? Take hold of your life before your light grows dark and you seek help and do not find it. This life has been given to you for repentance; do not waste it in vain pursuits.”

This seemed like wisdom reaching out from the past to literally touch me in my being and soul.  Now I must know more about this man.


About Henrietta Handy

I have returned home to the mountains. No more am I "a mountain-girl far from home." Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 2 1/2, I understand pain, fatigue, laughter, joy, and love all while on crutches and in wheelchairs. This blog is just about me, mostly the writing side, but there are forays into so many different topics. I am married to a wonderful husband who puts up with my writing, knitting, yarn, with the love of a saint. We have fur babies, and one cat who rules us all.
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