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Athonite Flowers: Seven Contemporary Essays on the Spiritual Life by Monk Moses of Mount Athos - HTML preview

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The Community of the Desert and the Loneliness of the Cities

Toward the end of the eighteen century, St. Kosmas Aitolos foretold that a time would come when a person would have to travel for days to meet another person whom he could embrace as a brother. We are living in an age where this is already happening. Contemporary man, in his loneliness, experiences pathological anxiety, anguish and suffering. He is tormented and, in turn, torments others.

Why? This essay wil attempt an answer by bringing the fragrance of community found in the desert to the loneliness and the desolation found in cities.