Amazing! You would think that all reasonable people would agree on what’s written in the Gospel: We must love our neighbors, forgive them, and live in peace. Nevertheless, not a single religion has been subjected or is being subjected to such persecutions as Christianity.
Even for many believers, monasticism is an incomprehensible phenomenon. Why should someone suddenly consciously complicate his life: constantly praying and obeying his spiritual guide in everything. Hieromonk Athanasy (Deryugin), the dean of Sretensky Monastery, speaks about how he made his own choice.
We hear about the most important icon veneration in the prayer that a priest reads when he blesses icons, which says that icons are created so that, looking upon them, people would glorify the Lord God and try to emulate the life of the holy God-pleasers depicted on these holy icons.
After all, the whole secret of life is in that everything should be done, not according to my petty will or my pitiful little mind. The Only Wise and Good Will must reign in everything, and our job is to not prevent it from being carried out both in us, and through us.