Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

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Understanding Those Who Leave this Hectic World to find Peace

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There are times when one will want to just forget about the world around them.  Things seem too hectic…too confused…too dangerous in our modern world that some would say has gone “MAD”.   A few make the choice to leave it.  They desire to find peace…to know God…and to rest from the frays of life.  They choose another way.

Today I will share with you what some in a  Russian monastery say is their reason for leaving the world, their families and all that the modern life holds.  We try to understand why they have made this choice…as have many in other parts of the world.

When the ice on the lake melts, many pilgrims, men and women,  come to the Monastery to seek out a spiritual life through a visit, worship, and prayers from the monks.

The following slide presentation of photographs are by Paul Miller, who was also invited to live at the Monastery for a period of time and photograph their lives.

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Just down the Blue Ridge Parkway from where my husband and I live is a scene of rolling hills and a monastery set in the arms of our lovely mountains.  Outsiders are not welcome to visit there.  They have their purposes. The men there care for the grounds of this beautiful place and other chores they may be assigned.  They have left the world that is just in sight out their windows… as tourists ride the Parkway.

One wonders about the Monasteries world-wide.  Do they wish to have their normal life back after being there for a while?   The men in this video try to explain their reasons, beliefs and their feelings about this question.

Boyer Writes shares with our readers the life of Russian Orthodox monks on the islands of Valaam. The Valaam Monastery is often referred to as the Athos of the North.  It is located north of St. Petersburg, Russia on an island on Lake Ladoga.

The music is: “Liadov: 8 Russian Folk Songs – 6. Cradle Song” by Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, Enrique Bátiz