Monastic life in the Holy Mountain
A monastery is like a torch placed on the chandelier of the Temple of God, like a fortified city built on the mountain of God, to which all look to receive confirmation of their hope and see that, indeed, God has come to dwell among men. How do we confess that God is among us and in us, if not through joy, peace, and tranquility, which radiates from the monastery as a fragrant sacrifice? It takes no word at all to prove this truth in the world, which is full of words and images, a world in which everything and nothing seems to have been said.
The Holy Mount Athos occupies, in this respect, a remarkable position, on the one hand, through its prestigious and millennial history, and on the other, due to its geographical and institutional situation, which makes it almost the only territory in the world dedicated exclusively to spiritual life. .