Saturday December 30th 2017Tim
Eremitic tradition has to do with hermits, a seclusion
from society for the purpose of getting closer to God.
The Cenobitic tradition has to do with a community
devoted to getting closer to God in a more communal way.
The Skete and the Lavra traditions are more about being
a hermit in those parts where being a hermit is probably
not practical as a result of bandits, locusts, water
shortages and the like, so a degree of meeting and
greeting becomes necessary to remain present in the
world. The point being that God is an odd duck and you
can never be sure what he means or wants unless you're
concentrating most of your waking hours on what it is he
or she is trying to say. Saint Teresa herself was about
talking to God all the time and thereby never actually
leaving the presence of God.
there will be those who disagree with my understanding
of the monastic life and categories within the calling,
and some of those disagreements have probably over the
years resulted in things like burning people at the
stake and stuff. Either way, Bronwyn the Seamstress'
Carmelites of Saint Barbara do appear to have made some
sort of peace with their understanding of God by
building a structure that looks to my way of thinking
like a very depressing Victorian military barracks, and
like so many earthly matters, short of some kind of
righteous rampage by the Kitten, I'm just going to have
to live with it, even if I have been wandering for forty
days and forty nights in the desert looking for insight,
to absolutely no avail. I was roundly dismissed as a
moaning old nag, I guess.