06/07/2022 01:00 AM EET
What is authentic Orthodox monasticism? Why do the saints call it the light of the world and the boast of the Church? What does it take to become a monk? What is the inner life of a true monk? What is his purpose, and how can he measure his progress?
Monasteries are the “nerves and support of the Church” as well as her boast and adornment because they directly contribute to the Church’s primary work, which is to save souls.
St. John of Sinai wrote: “Angels are a light for monks, and the monastic life is a light for all men. Hence monks should spare no effort to become a shining example in all things.” Monastics who are devoted to God and focused on the spiritual life will naturally inspire others by their good example.
Because monastics are free from the burdens of married life, they typically have more time to help the world through prayer, and can also use their talents to do God-pleasing activities, such as writing books, painting icons, composing hymns, etc. Larger monasteries have also been known for their effective social work in the form of caring for orphans, the elderly, the poor, the sick, etc.
The spiritual focus of monasteries has enabled them to preserve authentic Christianity in times when other Christians have been overcome by the spirit of this world.
(From the Introduction Chapter of the book: “The Angelic Life: A Vision of Orthodox Monasticism” – Hieromonk Ephraim, St Nilus Skete, Alaska)
- Date: Monday 4 Jul 2022
- Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm (EST)
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