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The love a monk has for the world

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#1 Guest_Augustine Martin

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:01 AM

This is quoted from All Merciful Saviour Monastery's website:

"The goal of the monk is to acquire the Holy Spirit from whom comes true repentance and a humble and contrite heart. This relationship that brings healing for the monk also brings healing for the world. Saint Seraphim of Sarov said that if you acquire inner peace, a thousand around you will be saved. The monk is thus not someone who leaves the world because he cares little for those in the world but because he cares for everyone and everything. Because he loves his neighbor and the whole of the cosmos, he gives himself over to be transformed by the Holy Spirit, becoming a living martyr to self."

The quote from St. Seraphim is especially puzzling. Could somebody explain this?

#2 Anton S.

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:00 AM

What is puzzling about the quote? Here, in Russia, it is well-known to Orthodox people. Its meaning is understood as follows: a person who acquires inner peace (or the Holy Spirit) influences other people around him or her by his or her mere presence or existence. His spiritual disposition communicates itself to other people, for all people are connected with each other spiritually and what happens in the soul of one man or woman affects the souls of others - especially those who are particularly close to this person.

#3 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:51 AM

We have a shining example of exactly this in St Silouan the Athonite. We have the great luminaries of the later twentieth century such as Elder Paisios and Starets Sophrony. How much worse would this world be were it not for the labours of monastics?

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:15 AM

A father that I go to talks to, he said that if you acquire peace like St Seraphim of Sarov teaches then when other close to you will notice or sense this peace and will in turn be at peace too.

St Siluan explains it best about being a living martyr because he said a martyr will endure trials for a short time and is rewarded. A living martyr has to endure trials maybe unto death. He really expressed how difficult being a living martyr is and that he considered blessed those that endure a short time and are rewarded.

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