The love a monk has for the world
Posted 27 March 2012 - 03:01 AM
"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?
Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:00 AM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:51 AM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 10:15 AM
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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