I sit quietly and listen to the silence, for there is where we hear God.
God works quietly, so we need to listen to the silence.
Our Patriarch has said that there are five marks of the Church: one, holy, Catholic, apostolic — and persecuted.
He prays lot, and when he gets done, he starts all over again.
Full Service Inner City ministry
Full social service casework with distressed families and homeless and the near homeless.
"The martyrs will come, bearing their afflictions, and the righteous will come, bearing their virtues."
Our beloved children heard and responded to this invitation today. May we all follow them. We are a Monastic Community and intentional Orthodox Christian community who live according to the Gospel located in Plymouth, Indiana
Serving God by Serving the Poor and the Poorest of the Poor. the disenfranchised and marginalized, We are part of the Syriac Orthodox Church. We strive for a balance of communal and private prayer, work, and leisure in our lives. Through our diverse ministries we are committed to helping create a more just and compassionate world. Christ tells us “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people, so you do unto me.” If we listen, we hear the call to be open to one another, to give what we have and to welcome all guests as we would welcome Christ.
We are a place of healing and nourishment, where folks respond to each others human needs. It is the generosity of caring people that makes our work possible.
Beneath the many concerns that occupy our lives, beneath the anxious cares and daily demands that lay claim to our identity, it can happen that we discern a deeper pull, one devoted to searching for something more essential, the mystery the Christian tradition calls “God”.
Should we follow the inner thread of this attraction, we might notice its source seems to come from beyond ourselves. In resting with it, we may sense our own desire swell, making us feel alive and connected to the mystery in a new way. Such an experience might lead us to wonder how God might be drawing us, inviting us to a more explicit following of our heart’s desire. This type of spiritual experience may lead to an attraction to explore a monastic, contemplative life.
Monasteries have always been places where men and women could let their deepest desires be nourished by a shared vision of mutual love and support. Monastic life has been an avenue of transformation, where all of the elements of life combine to give birth to a new self, made in the image of Christ. Such transformation is a life-long process characterized by faith, discipline and perseverance, in union with one’s brothers and sisters. It calls out what is best in human nature, and leads us to deep peace and inner joy, to “life more abundant” (John 10).
Folks ask what do monastics do? We pray. We pray long and hard. We pray for our salvation and your salvation and the salvation of the world.
We also know and believe that true prayer works like this: You can pray to end hungry, but that is not enough. You also need to feed the hungry. So we do. We supply things they need like diapers, laundry soap, a place to do their laundry. We also know that perhaps the most important thing we do is first learn their names and second listen. Many have never been called by the name their mother gave them. And most have never been listened to.
And our reward? We get to meet some really great and neat folks.
Father Theodosius tells the story of the young boy who attempted to carry water in a basket and how this story tells us why we read the Holy Bible and what it means to those in recovery.