A brother fell into temptation; that is, to sin. So great was the sorrow that he suffered, that he abandoned his monastic rule. And though he wanted in principle to repent, he was impeded from doing so by his sorrow, saying within himself, “How can I restore myself to what I was before?” Being thus … Continue reading Little by little
[This is the review I wrote for Amazon at Matushka Constantina's request (an honor, Matushka!) and I'm reproducing it here. The Scent of Holiness by Matushka Constantina Palmer is available from Amazon and from Conciliar Press.) Having visited both men's and women's monasteries I can attest to the fact that while they are similar in many ways, … Continue reading Review of "The Scent of Holiness"
To many people the monk seems remote and unsociable. It seems that he is concerned only with his own soul and that he offers nothing to the Church or to the world. That is not the case. If the church has been preserved for so many years, this is due to monasticism. The person who … Continue reading How do monastics help the Church?
I urge you, for refreshment of soul, to visit this link to view many, many photos from the life of the Convent of the Entrance of the Theotokos in Ivanovo. I've given a few examples below.
I dare share this! It was fun to make. [description: Greek Orthodox monastery in White Haven, PA. (link: http://www.holyprotectionmonastery.org/) Music is "O Victorious Leader" sung by choir of St. Symeon the New Theologian in Birmingham, AL on their CD "Fire and Light". (CD available here: http://www.birminghamorthodox.com/home/cd-samples)%5D
Boarded in New Orleans, waiting to leave the gate. You can see the Atlanta high-rises just above the center. It was rainy in spots over Philadelphia and there was a low cloud ceiling, so no decent pictures. Sunrise after I arrived. My little space. St. George in Taylor, PA. There are TWO myrrh-streaming … Continue reading Holy Protection Monastery Retreat in Pictures
Excerpt from "From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East" by William Dalrymple (This conversation takes place at the Monastery of St. Anthony (St. Antony) in Egypt.) "See up there?" said Abuna Dioscuros as I was finishing my egg. He pointed to the space between the two towers of the abbey … Continue reading Just another day at the monastery…
I'm sharing Reader Stephen's appeal for help for St. Michael the Archangel Monastery in Canones, NM. They are very primitive and are living at a basic survival level. Reader Stephen (who blogs at Pithless Thoughts) is willing to do some construction work for them to help them make their cells and other buildings habitable for winter but he … Continue reading Appeal for monastery
We received a blessing to take pictures after we had been at the monastery for a few days. A few of the following pictures can be credited to Father. I hadn't posted the link to Holy Protection earlier so here it is. Hall near the reception area. Holy Apostles Church, looking toward iconostasis Holy Apostles … Continue reading Holy Protection Monastery: Interior
view of guesthouse Monastery proper Monastery with Holy Apostles Church East end of church view off the mountain over the north end of church window in east wall of church Tiny chapel of St. Seraphim behind the cemetery The chapel of St. Paraskevi. This used to be a chicken coop years ago. … Continue reading Holy Protection Monastery: Exterior and Grounds