Cloistered nuns and monks, and hermits. What are they actually doing?
What’s up with them? Isn’t it unproductive and wasteful effort, to be so focused on prayer that you are shut off from the world, instead of working in the world to change it?
Christ surely dedicated time and isolated himself in prayer in the desert, the Garden, and on Moutn Tabor, but these were only temporary streches. Most of the time, he was in the world, not seperated from it. Following His example, shouldn’t cloistered communities be ushered out of their isolation?
Your answers are greatly appreciated.
Well, for one thing I believe in the power of prayer so not only are they prayer warriors for the World but they can further their religious education while being in a setting that allows them to contemplate The Lord’s ways and His word.
Some may also be Charismatics for the church, and again in a cloistered community they may be receiving direction and inspiration that would benefit many.
And then again, some don’t always stay in the cloistered community but leave and take the skills they learn while there in order to help other’s set up and get to work in certain areas they may have been having problems in, like maybe for instance a youth group may be inspired and motivated by such a person to go out and do great things in their communities
My friend is a former Monk and so is my Preist, he is also a Scientist, a geologist=and if he were sent to another country I’m sure his skills may come in to play to help other’s somehow.
My friend, who has MS is now living/working in a community in the south were less fortunate people live and many of their children are “not welcome” at the local churches so he has Bible school on his front porch on Sunday mornings for them.
But then again, there are always oppotunities for people, no matter where you are or live, to do great good.
One Monestary grows all their own food and trees and cuts the trees to make beautiful caskets, crosses and other burial containers and they not only make their living providing people all over the world with their services but I am sure they do good things for their community as well. Many Monestarys are “working” communities, even wineries, and we all know what we have use or need for the wine is…smile.
Peace & Love & good Question! M:gopray: