Orthodox Monasticism as the Way of Life of Prophets, Apostle & Martyrs

“The monastic life is the Christian life, the way of life of Prophets, Apostles and Martyrs. In reality it is the evangelical life, as a life of repentance and keeping Christ’s commandments to as perfect a degree as possible. Christ taught this life in the Sermon on the Mount, in the exhortations to be vigilant and take heed, to have absolute faith in God, to avoid cares that cause anxiety, and so on (Matt. ch. 5 ff.). He often went up the mountain to pray on His own (Matt. 14:23, Mark 6:46, John 6:15), not because He needed to, but to teach us this way of life. He Himself urged us to pray in the ‘inner chamber’, and when we have shut the door, to pray to our Father ‘Who is in secret’ (Matt. 6:6). [...]Unfortunately the world has a different opinion of monasticism, that it is a distortion of Christianity or subject to influences outside the Christian world. In the West, too, monasticism was rejected, either because it was ill-treated by various ideologies or banished from the life of the Christian confessions. Monastic life, however, is the way of life of the Prophets, Apostles and Martyrs, as described in this book.”
—“Preface by the Author to the English Edition”