From this an “asceticism of consecration” must be distinguished. For renunciation also has its place in the different forms of expression of love. And in the history of humanity it has gained great importance in relation to the worship of God… Continue reading Christum Sequi — Following Christ.
This is the sound of a “new” life and it reminds us of the sounds of another “new” life, the one that God created “in the beginning.” Surely the sounds then were such “silent” sounds, sounds of Continue reading Silence that Screams
… the persecution of Christians had been ongoing for some years now, so perhaps the Hellenic-philosophical ideal of serenity, had caused people to withdraw into the loneliness of the desert barren lands. We do not know the exact setting for this movement… Continue reading The Desert Fathers dedicated their lives to the search for God
The view from the hermitage is breathtakingly beautiful. On the right is a small stone chapel, in front of it the cemetery, in the garden covered with cypress trees there is a statue of the founder of the order, Fra. Joan Mir Vallès. The monks grow most of their food themselves; citrus trees and vegetables grow in a small field. Continue reading The hermits of Holy Trinity Hermitage Valldemossa… the last of their kind!
These ‘words’ of the monks are a synthesis of numerous conversations I was able to have with them on the Holy Mountain, more particularly with the hegumenoi of Stavronikita, Simonos Petras and Aghios Panteleimonos; the monk Chrysostomos of Xenophontos Skete; and a staretz or elder whose name I no longer know — he lived in the neighbourhood of Aghia Anna. The word isn’t only in the mouth of the one who speaks, it is also in the ear of the one who listens. Since my memory is not a built-in tape-recorder, you won’t find here a literal transcription of our talks. Here, rather, is the ripening fruit these words were able to awaken in me. Continue reading Words From Mount Athos