Virtues of monk in the work of Saint Paisios of the Holy Mountain
In the last decade, many books of the contemporary fathers from Mount Athos, but also of spiritual fathers from other Orthodox countries were published. All this books are full of advices relating to the spiritual life of the monk. The spiritual dialogues of Saint Paisios of the Holy Mountain remain very actual and necessary. In an agitated and confusing world, the advices of Saint Paisios are hopeful, joyful and encouraging whoever reads them. The monastic life, as the Fathers lived it and have defined it, is a way to foretaste the eternal life in the present. The monk, confident that he is waiting on another life, leaves this world and this life, with all its values, and strives to forge and to maintain in mind and in his heart, under his humble vestments and behind his poorly appearance, a very unearthly condition of his spirit’s crucifixion.