St. Silouan of Mount Athos

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"Do you have monks and nuns in your church? I don’t believe in that, they’re wasting their life doing nothing… …..unless they’re out helping people like Jesus did."

I had this conversation recently with a man named Jim who is a member of another Christian denomination. The topic of monasticism was started by the news of the canonization of the nun Mother Theresa of Calcutta by the Roman Catholic Church. In Jim’s view, she is an example of a good nun, that is, one who went out and helped people rather than living behind the walls of a monastery.

Monasticism: the way of life of monks and nuns, is at the very heart of our Orthodox Faith and is the foundation of spirituality for all Orthodox Christians: priests, monastics and lay people. In fact, the very spiritual center of Orthodox Christianity is Mount Athos: a remote peninsula which is an autonomous part of Greece. It is the home to 20 ancient monasteries, many over 1,000 years old and numerous smaller sketes and hermitages. Read more...