If you love true knowledge, devote yourself to the ascetic life; for mere theoretical knowledge puffs a man up. Unexpected trials are sent by God to teach us to practise the ascetic life; and they lead us to repentance even when we are reluctant. Afflictions that come to us are the result of our own sins. But if we accept them patiently through prayer, we shall again find blessings.
Based on St. Mark the Ascetic
In this photo, a candid shot of a novice at a service, Vatopaidi, 2016
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