Modern Christian Monasticism: Life in the World or a Retreat from the World?
How is it possible to completely fulfill the commandments of the Gospel? How can we live in the world and yet be “not of this world”? Questions like these have always presented themselves to Christians. Those who have chosen the Christian way have, since the very beginning, understood that every Christian is a loner, and not of this world. In the end of the 3rd and beginning of the 4th century, monasticism presented itself as one possible answer to questions of this sort. But a memory of the “general monasticism” of all Christians also never completely disappeared.
Round Table: Monasticism in the 21st century: Lessons and Perspectives
●How do you see the goal and the substance of the monastic life? ●What is the calling of modern monks, both male and female?●What causes people to search for the depths of Christianity in monasticism?
Round Table: The Revival of Christian Monasticism Today?
●Christ tells us that he is not of this world and that his disciples are not of this world (Jn 17:16) – How do you understand this “distinct set-apartedness” of the Christian vis-à-vis this world?●How does the modern Christian achieve the fullness of the Christian life? ●What possible routes are there to the revival of Christian monasticism?