“[Ascetic] detachment is not primarily the inability to focus on things, material or other; it is the spiritual capacity to focus on all things, material and other, without attachment. It is something profoundly spiritual; it is an attitude of life.” (Fr. John Chryssavgis)
The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis (born 1 April 1958) is an author and theologian who serves as advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues. He is a clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. In January 2012, he received the title of Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Monastic calling represents the response that the rich young man could have made when Jesus said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Monastics hear this invitation and respond with a radical commitment to relate to the world as true stewards who acknowledge that everything in the world belongs to God. In a certain sense, therefore, monastics represent the highest expression of stewardship to be seen in the church today.
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