Thursday, January 9, 2014

Monasticism

Monasticism was born at a time when the Church slowly but gradually became the dominant faith. However, it was a reaction to the secularisation of society. Metropolitan of Nafpaktos explains:


“In reaction to this secularisation, there began to be anchorites, and then monasticism developed. In the early Church all the Christians lived monastically, as can be seen in Holy Scripture, especially in the Epistles of the holy Apostles. However, the coming of people into the Christian faith out of expediency resulted in secularisation of the Christian faith and the rise of monasticism. Monasticism is not something alien to the Church, but it is life according to the Gospel, which some Christians wanted to live in perfection and therefore decided on this way of life. It can be maintained that even the most eccentric monk is a healthy reaction to the secular spirit which is plaguing the Christians of our time”[1].


[1] Hierotheos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos, The Mind of the Orthodox Church, (Levadia, Birth of the Theotokos Monastery, 1998), p. 188

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