This topic draws us to the reminiscences of the exiled Jews who sat and wept by the waters of Babylon –Ps.137- that does not give equal status to women at worshipping places now. Monasticism is the life and blood of a worshipping community that praises and glorifies God in seclusion by the weapons of abstinence and continence. Their incense of worship that supplicates God brings blessings to the whole community and the world, also their life style is supreme to be emulated and extolled by the generations yet to come. St.Antony, who pioneered the monastic movement that flourished down through the ages, has been a fortress and shield for the church and the world. Those were the days when the family unit or the social infrastructure that didn’t smell the flavor of sexism and feminism and the financial boom that chartered to a highflying life of technological bonanza. Only an ideal family life can produce monks and nuns who please God by their dedication and worship. A dysfunctional family of today that breathes for various reasons in different frequencies finds it impossible to give religious and spiritual giants for a monastic life style.
It would have been a lot easier for the Creator to create Adam and Eve from the same wet clay simultaneously, but He had to make another meticulous operation for the creation of Eve, the bone of his bone and the flesh of his flesh, who didn’t even bother to consult the various consequences that may affect Adam before eating the forbidden fruit. The same scenario is repeated at the end of the aeon that was started in the beginning. God made man and woman as complementing partners; we have now made a gulf and want to treat them as of equal in functional and social status that is unnatural and unbalancing. God installed man to be the head of the family, and asked him to give offerings to God. A minority of the Orthodox clergy also follows the feminists without understanding the decree of The Triune God. A Creator who created Adam and Eve by His own handiwork could give them an elder daughter and a younger son or vice versa or 2 girls to give offerings to Him. Instead He gave them 2 sons, Cain and Abel, for giving sacrifices to their Creator. God’s decree or tradition of asking of sacrificial offerings by men continued for 6000 years without questioning. Despite the H. Fathers have been writing countless volumes about the redemptive plan of the Savior who takes us to the land of the living through the narrow gates, we are playing football with 66 books by misinterpreting and counter misinterpreting them. Everything has got a life span, so also the planet that we inhabit, together with all the fauna and flora.
Monastic revival is a utopian concept because we are ignorant about the mystical elements that Nature and us are molded with. While the whole global monastic community that is infected by so many vices and self-righteousness is an endangered species now, how can we instill a new spirit into the system in this era of abysmal darkness? The rebellion of feminism that wants to gulp the Altar of the Lord is driving us to a new Babylon, the cradle of Antichrist, that doesn’t accept the equality in worship for women in the worshipping places. This is an inescapable and severest punishment that God imposes upon His chosen ones, paving the way for His coming and gathering the Elect ones. We have tested the patience of a slow to anger God for the last 6 millennia. His patience is run out at the appointed time, and I am also writing that the patience and time of God is running out due to our un-repenting hardheartedness as once happened before during the time of Noah. Feminism is the duplicate fruit of the forbidden fruit that Eve used to open her eyes and become like God. Despite the Roman church hierarchy prohibits the ordination of women, 9 women are going to be ordained on 25-7-05 at the St. Lawrance River in Eastern Canada. “ I only have my faith and my hope and what the global scene says to me that I believe it is time to keep this step”, said former nun Michele Birch-conery who was ordained as a deacon in Europe last Year. Believers, wide open your eyes and read that what is written on the wall. I have been writing for years that the second coming of the Lord will coincide with the trial of molesting the Orthodox faith, together with ensue all the catastrophes of a consuming cataclysm. “ God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought to an end; you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; your kingdom is divided” Dan.5: 26-28. This duress is upon the head of Christians now.
Monastic revival is a good thing, but it can’t and won’t work because the participants are the products of families of feminism and sexism of the apocalyptic times that can enthrall only the exotic and exoteric values of the silicon valley of the technological omnipotence and the high flying life of science and pop culture. Nothing good can work at this period of the evening twilight of the time. However, it is likely to have some positive impacts to an enquiring and listening mind; I don’t therefore don’t discourage the venture of monastic revival.