The days are coming,
— declares the Sovereign Lord —
when I will send a famine through the land,
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
Men will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.

Amos 8: 11-12


The Church cannot forget that she received the revelation of the Old Testament through the people with whom God in his inexpressible mercy concluded the Ancient Covenant. Nor can she forget that she draws sustenance from the root of that well-cultivated olive tree onto which have been grafted the wild shoots, the Gentiles. Indeed, the Church believes that by his cross, Christ, our Peace, reconciled Jews and Gentiles, making both one in Himself. NOSTRA ÆTATE §4

In the desert, a place well-disposed to receiving revelation, God speaks to ABRAHAM, the father of believers, to MOSES, the man of the Torah of Fire, who prefigures the only Son, and to ELIJAH, the virgin prophet of a solitary and silent intimacy with God. These three servants of the God of the Covenant invite us to walk with them along the paths of the Holy History of People in whom we can contemplate the fulfillment of the eternal and benevolent Plan, in which our own history is rooted.

In solitude, God is near.
In the desert, He dwells in us.
Crowded places seem solitary to us
and solitude does not seem empty.
We will always be happy in God,
filled with joy in our Creator,
with jubilation because of his will,
with desire for the moment when we will encounter Him. Bahya Ibn Paquda. † X° siècle

The desert is not a place of isolation, but of an encounter. André Néher † 1988