Focus and Peace

ArseniusAbba Arsenius used to say that a monk travelling abroad should not get involved in anything; thus he will remain in peace. 

—sayings of the Desert Fathers

 

Once again, we come to the importance of focus on the Christian journey. Though the words may seem harsh, and the suggestion of Abba Arsenius   contradictory of the gospel, it is essential to doing a good work. The idea of non – involvement while on mission may seem somewhat confusing to us. However, it is the heart of the single-mindedness of a fully devoted follower of Christ. As you travel the roads of this life make sure you don’t forget that the most important task you can have is remaining at peace.

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4 responses to “Focus and Peace

  1. I’m confused by this. Perhaps you could explain it a little more, please?

    • I would just like to emphasize that we most keep our eyes focused on Jesus-the good news. We get carried away on various, sometimes pressing, issues and problems. If we are to live the life of the contemplative, we must keep our focus on prayer. I believe it is in being in His presence that we find peace, and that requires singular focus.

      • Ah – that makes sense. I read it in a self-centred, detached way – as in ‘as long as I’m at peace it doesn’t matter how other people feel because I don’t care’. I guess you mean like Isaiah 26:3 ‘You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.’ (Amplified)

        Which gives me the grace and strength to do all that I need to do. Thank you for reminding me 🙂

      • Blessings, let the peace be in you.

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