The Core of Monastic Life

Dear Ones,

We cannot accentuate this idea and practice enough (from our own experience, for I have failed often, when I have ignored this practice):

abba_anthony_at_MotherhouseTHE CORE OF OUR MONASTIC BEING IS PRAYER; THE JESUS PRAYER; WITHOUT IT YOU (AND I) HAVE NO REAL MONASTIC LIFE AT ALL.

Monastic life in Christ (one-ness in Christ), even in the life of the Oblate of a community; it must be centered on Jesus Christ; the Prayer of Jesus in order for true religious life to become a reality; otherwise we tend toward hypocrisy; and lethargic stumbling into the way of Babylon; forgetting the Life we have in Christ.  The Jesus Prayer in our hearts all the time is the Solution that brings us all the time to the Face of Jesus our Beloved Savior and Lord.

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy upon me, a sinner.

Abba Anthony

2 Responses to “The Core of Monastic Life”

  1. Mickael Says:

    Yes, Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy upon me, a sinner.

  2. Michael Larsen Says:

    Thank you Abba Anthony,
    Michael, the repentant sinner.

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