Thursday Mar 09, 2023
City a Desert Lecture Series, Lecture One: Introduction to Interiorized Monasticism
INTRODUCTION TO INTERIORIZED MONASTICISM
Interiorized Monasticism and Ascetic Ideal:
• Obscured: Out of reach to majority.
• Revealed: Fundamental principle of life in Christ.
Obscured: Life cut off from the world or world cut off
from life of the kingdom.
Revealed: Incarnation and kingdom of God present;
Kingdom within through gift of the Spirit (active eschatology, touching every aspect of the world; living now in light of the End).
Beauty Saves the World:
Obscured: Culture as cult, autonomous from God and
guided by sensibilities of the age.
Revealed: Rediscovery of culture through the beauty
of holiness. Jesus is the Holy One - the most beautiful of the sons of men. He is the perfect icon, manifesting God unveiled.
The Monastic Ideal:
Obscured: Return to the ancient forms of monastic
Revealed: Internalized. The human psyche is renewed
Five Fundamental Elements of Interiorized Monasticism (Upcoming Lectures):
• Eschatological Maximalism • Poverty
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