Why be a monastic? (I)
I can’t help but wonder if American Orthodox parents talk to their children about being monastics? I see in the article that many monastics had to go through flames to get to their monasteries. America is so very unused to monasticism. We have seen caricatures of monks and nuns but for the most part, many of us have no clue what it means to be a monastic.
If you have never visited an Orthodox Christian monastery, I highly recommend that you do. Even if you have no intention of ever being a monastic.