This is a great challenge to our readers. I challenge you to see the whole of this film allowing the silence to penetrate your soul. Do not seek any diversion or interruption. Just allow yourself to enter into the Great Silence in the company of the monks of the Grande Chatreuse. Do not simply watch this video! Listen and pray it Do not just talk about monasticism: enter into the spirit of monasticism. If remain in it, it will cost you much, everything you have and are; but by so doing, you will become a saint, and, in St Seraphim's words, thousands around you will be saved. You will become a source of salvation because Christ will live in you. If you have a lay vocation, you can become a contemplative in the world, bearing witness in hidden ways to the Spirit by which St Bruno lived. Remember the teaching of St Silouan and of the Elder Sophrony (click). Enter, taste and see!!
A Russian Takes on the Benedict Option - AmConMag Boris Mezhuev is correct that Christians may be obliged to continue their struggle in the political realm, but he misses the question about scale.
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