St. Melania the Elder

St Melanie

Melania the Elder (Born around 341 CE of Spanish origin)

Paulinus writes of her:

“She was very learned and a lover of literature.  She turned night into day by going through every writing of the ancient commentators, three million lines of Origen, and two hundred fifty thousand lines of Gregory, Stephen, Pierius, Basil and other excellent men.  And she did not merely glance through them casually, but labouring over them, she read each work seven or eight times.  Therefore she could be freed from “knowledge falsely called” (1 Tim 6:20) and take flight by the influence of the books, making herself a spiritual bird, passing over to Christ in good hopes.”

 (p.118, The Forgotten Desert Mothers by Laura Swan. Published by Paulist Press, 2001, ISBN: 0-978080914016-9)

 

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