Monastic Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The monks life is one of hospitality, of prayer, solitude, study and manual labor. The monk recognizes his ongoing need for conversion of life (metanoia) as he tries to conform his life ever more closely to the life of the Divine Master, Christ our God.

 

There is not a man who lives that does not sin. The process of conversion and healing occurs in acknowledging that one is a sinner in need of repentance and the mercy of God. This is the call of every baptized Christian.

 

The monk's life is a deepening if his baptismal calling. Perfection is in Christ our God; the Christian, the monk is called to strip away all that separates him from the Divine Master. 

 

The Rule of St. Benedict governs the monastic life in Western Orthodoxy. The Rule of St. Benedict is one of the oldest Rules of Life in Western monasticism; St. Benedict is considered the "Father of Western Monasticism." The Rule of St. Benedict governs the lives of the monastics and laity who seek to grow in holiness in the Christian life.

 

As monks we strive to follow after the example Christ the Good Shepherd. The power of divine love and mercy, as exemplified by our Lord, far surpasses any sins that we have committed in our lives.

 

The monk, following the example of Jesus the Good Shepherd, seeks out the lost sheep, those ostracized by the world, the brokenhearted, etc., and shows them that Christ is the Lover of Mankind and the Divine Physician of our souls.

 

Our prayer life is centered on the Divine Liturgy, the Divine Office, Lectio Divina and other devotions particular to our charism.