The experience of the desert and wildlife was one of the hallmarks of early Christian monasticism. This paper offers a few vignettes about how animals and the natural world influenced the spirituality and writing of the ascetic life of early Christian monastics.
Allen, David OSB. 2022. Christian Asceticism. Obsculta 15, (1) : 52-60. https://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/obsculta/vol15/iss1/7.