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...conversations in the Great Hall



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By: Joe

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 04:16:46 +0000

I appreciated your comments about monasticism and St. Meinrad. I have been working my way through "The Brothers Karamazov", and I have been particularly enthralled by the character of Father Zossima, who is an avid spokesperson for monasticism within the context of the Russian Orthodox faith. He speaks to a lot of the same criticisms of monasticism that you have mentioned, namely that monks are useless idlers who sit around doing nothing when they ought to be acting and working for the betterment of the world, and responds that there are many meek and humble monks who simply yearn for solitary prayer and that these monks keep the image of Christ undefiled. I think that rings true especially when you look at the opulent and materialistic lifestyles of so many here in America who strive after what our culture has prescribed as the symbols of worth and success--houses with expensive home theater systems, churches with multimillion dollar worship centers and pastors' salaries--and then compare it to those who have embraced the monastic life because they simply desire space for a life of solitary prayer. You can truly see the image of Christ undefiled in the lives of these monks. Maybe one of these days I'll make a road trip to St. Meinrad. About evangelical women writers: I'll admit, I've read very little if any of what evangelical women writers have to offer. This is largely because I am scared off by those pretty pink book covers and I think that there is nothing there for me. It's a shame, because I think that there is an awful lot that we as men could stand to learn about women that would immensely improve our understanding of them. If only we could get past our fear of cute pink books and take the plunge.