Monday, December 17, 2007

Lay vs. Monastic Life

A quote that especially touched me, having visited a monastery over the weekend:
"When Christ orders us to follow the narrow path, he addresses himself to all. The monastics and the lay persons must attain the same heights. Those who live in the world, even though married, ought to resemble the monks in everything else. You are entirely mistaken if you think that there are some things required of ordinary people, and others of monks ... they will have the same account to render." - St. John Chrysostom

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