The Poustinia

A poustinia is a small cabin with little furniture, mainly a bed, a table and and chair. Preferably the east wall has a cross and a small devotional table covered with a clean white linen. Upon the table is a copy of the Scriptures and a candle. A kneeler can…

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A place where the hermit’s heart rests

“The poustinia should be a place where the hermit’s heart rests because he or she knows that the presence of God and of Christ are there. “The hermit should make intercession for his own soul, for that of his fellow brethren, and for the world’s salvation.” Quote from the Catholicos…

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In the heart of the monastic

“Where can one find the presence of God? In the heart of the monastic, the solitary, the hermit, the monk, the nun. “This, brethren, is the place where you will find the presence of God, through fervent prayer, perseverance through pain and persecution and through a willingness to assist others…

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