Revolution vs Monasticism

Revolution vs Monasticism


The near simultaneous occurrences of the recent civil unrest in Egypt and the upcoming feast of St. Anthony make for a very strange combination. Revolution and monasticism: the one fanatically involved in conquering the world, the other preoccupied in conquering heaven.

The one seeks to realize an earthly government; the other a heavenly government. The one would spill men’s blood to change a political scene; the other would spill its own blood to change men’s hearts.

We would not expect any dealings between these completely contradictory worldviews; and yet one’s mind recalls a very ...

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