Today was at one time the feast of St Cadfan, Abbot of Tywyn and Bardsey.
Cadfan founded a monastic settlement on Ynys Enlli (Bardsey Isalnd) in 516, which became a place of pilgrimage.
He also founded a church at Llangadfan in northern Powys, and another at Tywyn in Cardigan Bay.
IN the wise book of St. John of the Ladder we read: “Angels are the light of monks, and the monastic life is a light to people living in the world.”
This means that the monastic form of life is itself an example for members of the Church who are struggling in the world.
The monastic life offers a measure for the life of any Christian. The Church, in essence, is guided by a monastic way of thinking. […]
When human strength and even the advice and counsel of spiritual fathers bears no result, then the prayers of the Church, the prayers of the monastic order, which stand unceasingly before God, the prayers of ascetical monastics can bear fruit.
The Church is guided more by prayer than by words and sermons. She gains more peace from the prayers of monastics than from the words of even the most talented teachers. […]
Monastic life is founded on the renunciation of the world, and so presents itself as the renunciation of nature for the sake of surpassing it, in order to find what is above nature.
In other words, monasticism contains in itself a deep element of exalted heroism, of real, genuine life. At the same time, the more estranged one is from this world, the more he is able to help this world.
A monk knows the secrets of the human soul, the activity of the passions and the image of the activity of the grace of God, the mysteries and difficulty of the spiritual path.
The monk is one has himself struggled and learned much. He is the best psychologist. He understands the weak, the antagonistic, the grieved, the burdened and the betrayed, the hungry and the thirsty, the persecuted and unjustly insulted.
Is this not the work of a pastor?
Bishop Nikolai of Lavreot. Source.
BLESSED are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.