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Jerome, the distinguished Christian scholar, ruled that the woman who remained a spinster as a nun for the sake of Christ, was the bride of Christ, and her mother was the mother-in-law of Christ, i.e.,God.
The viewpoint of Christian monasticism in these matters was that the one who sought love of God, should break off all relations of human love that bound him in the world of his parents, his brothers and sisters, and his children.
Monasticism fought it and ultimately fell in the pit of immorality, the story of which is a most shameful blot on the religious history of the 8th to 11th centuries.
www.irfi.org /articles/articles_1_50/monasticism.htm   (2375 words)

 Monasticism - OrthodoxWiki
Monasticism (from Greek: μοναχος—a solitary person) is the ancient Christian practice of withdrawal from the world in order to dedicate oneself fully and intensely to the life of the Gospel, seeking union with Jesus Christ.
Christian monasticism is in itself a lay order, originally not having clergy as a standard part of the community (thus, monks relied on local parishes for sacramental life).
Orthodox Monasticism (Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren)
orthodoxwiki.org /Monasticism   (1932 words)

Technically, monasticism embraces both the life of the hermit, characterized by varying degrees of extreme solitude, and the life of the cenobite, that is, the monk living in a community offering a limited amount of solitude.
Monasticism, also monachism, is a mode of life practiced by persons who have abandoned the world for religious reasons and devote their lives, either separately or in community, to spiritual perfection.
The earliest form of Christian monasticism was, probably, that of the anchorites or hermits; a later development is found in the pillar saints, called Stylites, who spent most of their time on the tops of pillars in order to separate themselves from the world and to mortify the flesh.
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 Orthodox Monasticism
This flight of Christians to the desert was partly caused by the harsh Roman persecutions of the time.
The growth of monasticism, however, which began in the time of Constantine the Great, was largely due to the refusal of many Christians to adapt to the more worldly character of the now established Church, and their desire to lead a strictly Christian life.
Orthodox Monasticism is the monastic tradition of the Eastern traditions of Christianity, as opposed to the Western churches that developed from the Roman Catholic Church.
www.katinkahesselink.net /christianity/monasticism-orthodox.htm   (2401 words)

 Orthodox Christian Monasticism
The negative appearance of the Christian life in its outward forms is due precisely to its attempt to stand beyond all human denial.
The power of the Christian life lies in the hope of resurrection, and the goal of ascetic striving is to partake in the resurrection.
In the lives of monks the Christian sees examples of men who took their Christian faith seriously and committed themselves to the path which everyone is called by Christ to follow.
www.orthodoxinfo.com /general/monasticism.aspx   (3831 words)

 Egyptian Christianity: Egyptian Monasticism
Christian monasticism began in Egypt about the time that Christianity was legalized by Constantine the Great in 313, though Christians had fled into the desert throughout the years of persecution that preceded Constantine’s edict of toleration.
Christian monasticism (the name comes from the Greek word monachos, which means "solitary") refers to those Christians who seek to live a life rigorously and fully devoted to prayer, contemplation and worship of God.
This second form of monasticism is called cenobitic, or communal monasticism, and is probably the more familiar form of monasticism in the popular mind.
www.bethel.edu /~letnie/AfricanChristianity/EgyptMonasticism.html   (881 words)

The germs of the Christian monasticism may be traced as far back as the middle of the second century, and in fact faintly even in the anxious ascetic practices of some of the Jewish Christians in the apostolic age.
It is not monasticism, as such, which has proved a blessing to the church and the world; for the monasticism of India, which for three thousand years has pushed the practice of mortification to all the excesses of delirium, never saved a single soul, nor produced a single benefit to the race.
In proportion as monasticism was animated and controlled by the spirit of Christianity, it proved a blessing; while separated from it, it degenerated and became at fruitful source of evil.
www.ccel.org /s/schaff/history/3_ch04.htm   (15161 words)

 "Monasticism Through the Camera's Lens: One Convert's Pilgrimage"
It is a journey that has brought him into contact with simple monks, holy hermits, and Patriarchs and taken him to Orthodoxy's holiest places in an effort to document through photography the state of eastern Christian monasticism at the end of the second millennium.
Through my initial interest in photographing Orthodox monasticism, I converted to Orthodoxy and realized quickly that I was in a position to share the spiritual riches of Orthodoxy with many other people of all faiths through my work in photography and writing.
These ancient words, coupled with modern images, will attempt to tell of the special attractions of eastern Christian monasticism and the timeless traditions, the unbroken spirituality, that is followed by these fathers seeking oneness with God.
www.innerlightproductions.com /article.htm   (1817 words)

After the espousal of Christianity by the State, remnants of this feeling were still at hand; and since the partition-wall between the general Church and the world had been broken down, the inherited feeling of opposition to the latter sought satisfaction in a select and isolated station within the Church.
An important era in the history of monasticism in the Latin Church was inaugurated by the life and institutes of Benedict of Nursia.
Monasticism moved on as a great tendency of the age, and compelled in general the acceptance and homage of Christendom.
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 New books explore meditation, monasticism | The-Tidings.com
A modern audience for books on Christian monasticism, meditation and contemplation was discovered in 1948 with the publication of Father Thomas Merton's best-selling autobiography, "The Seven Storey Mountain." Today that audience has been increased by the many modern readers who are intrigued by the implications of Eastern religions for mainline Christianity.
Christian meditation is hardly anything new; the practice goes back to Christian men and women who lived in the deserts of Syria and Egypt in the third and fourth centuries and, indeed, can be traced to Jesus himself.
Christian Brother Jeffrey Gros is an associate director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.
www.the-tidings.com /2004/1126/books.htm   (1175 words)

 Lecture 19: Early Medieval Monasticism
Sometime around the year 270, a twenty year old boy called Anthony (251-356), a Christian who had been raised in Egypt, entered a church and Christian monasticism was born.
Christian monasticism began with the flight of Saint Anthony in the third century in Egypt.
But there were practical difficulties that prevented the spread of this solitary or "eremetic" monasticism (from the Greek, the word "monk" means single or alone).
www.historyguide.org /ancient/lecture19b.html   (1066 words)

 Monasticism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Monasticism (from the Greek monos, meaning "single" or "alone") usually refers to the way of life--communitarian or solitary--adopted by those individuals, male or female, who have elected to pursue an ideal of perfection or a higher level of religious experience through leaving the world.
The organization of western monasticism is due primarily to Saint BENEDICT of Nursia (6th century), whose Benedictine rule formed the basis of life in most monastic communities until the 12th century (see BENEDICTINES).
In its present-day form, Christian monasticism is often adapted to the cultures or settings where it is located.
www.efn.org /~russelln/monasticism.html   (514 words)

 Orthodox Christian Monasticism Outline Part 2 - Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The monks were to practice Christian virtues together, especially love; to practice obedience to a spiritual father; to practice chastity and poverty, and share the common good of the monastery.
Monasticism is the most radical revolt against evil and its reign in the world and against all forms of compromise and conformist.
Monasticism is an integral part of the Church, because it expresses a universal spiritual norm, a value normative for every soul.
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 Christian temples, churches, cathedrals, basilicas
Most of Christianity calls its places of worship churches; many religions use temple, a word derived in English from the Latin word, "templum", "for time", because of the importance to the Romans of the proper time of sacrifices.
Each Christian temple or church is dedicated as a house of the Lord Jesus Christ, a place of holiness and peace, set apart from the world to worship God.
Christian shrines are regular temples to adore God and to honor specifically the Mother of` Jesus or a Saint.
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 An Introduction to Monasticism - Monachos.net
Christian monasticism appears to have taken its practical roots in the early fourth century, though there is clear evidence that individuals were living austere solitary and ascetic lives long before this date.
Within the lifetimes of these two great founders, thousands of men and women began fleeing the cities for the solitude of the desert, and the modern conception of the monastic life was born.
That life has continued throughout the whole of Christian history, giving rise to many great saints—both men and women—who modeled a life of devotion to and union with Christ (St Mary of Egypt, a remarkable ascetic, is pictured at right).
www.monachos.net /library/An_Introduction_to_Monasticism   (507 words)

 Catholic Culture : Document Library : Egypt: Cradle of Christian Monasticism
The Christian period after the peace of Constantine, particularly the fourth and fifth centuries, was the key moment for reflecting on the way to be a Christian in society.
If Christians before the Council of Nicaea had not wanted to accept civic responsibilities personally, those of the post-Nicene period went so far as to have a Christian on the imperial throne immediately (the Emperor Constantine, who with Licinius granted Christians the civil recognition of their religion).
Egyptian monasticism, classified as a social phenomenon, was certainly varied, that is, uncultured people were also accepted, but it owes its consistency to the fact that it never made use of any culture, either of high society or of the ecclesiastical organization.
www.catholicculture.org /docs/doc_view.cfm?recnum=2963   (944 words)

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