St. Syncletica of the Desert
Amma Syncletica was born in the early fourth century in Alexandria. Of
Macedonian descent, beautiful and wealthy, she refused to marry because of
her commitment to the Christian faith. When her parents died, she gave
away her inheritance and retired with her blind sister to an unused tomb
on a relative's estate. Known for her charity and humility, she endured
many internal torments and died of cancer at the age of 84, c. 400.
Stories about her and her maxims are included among the works of the
Karen Rae Keck
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