‘For a long time monasticism was considered bloodless martyring,’ Patriarch Lubomyr


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On November 10, a meeting of the Commission on Matters of Monasticism and heads of monastic orders and congregations of the UGCC with the head of the UGCC Patriatch Lubomyr was held. The meeting was attended by Bishop Taras (Senkiv), apostolic administrator of the Stryj Eparchy responsible for the UGCC's monasticism, the Most Rev. Benedict (Aleksiychuk), bishop of the archeparchy of Lviv, and Fr. Petro Rak, the head of the commissions department of the UGCC. The meeting took place as part of the Year of Christian Vocation with the special emphasis on the vocations to consecrated life. The purpose of the meeting was for monastics to understand their vocation and identity and witness for the church.

In his address to the monastics, Patriarch Lubomyr stressed that the church after 45 years of persecution emerged from the catacombs thanks the witness of the martyrs of Christ. These hard times produced ways for the church to survive for they generated new vocations to the Christian and consecrated life. "For a long time monasticism was considered bloodless martyring. The understanding of this by today's monastics is very important for both religious communities and the church in general. Our task is to accept this precious gift of vocation to consecrated life and to live it and share it with our brothers and sisters," said the head of the church.

According to Patriarch Lubomyr, consecrated persons should be witnesses of the Christian life, something very authentic and genuine. It is necessary to look for ways to encourage each other to better bear witness. "A monk is someone who is specially and radically committed to God. The better consecrated persons live this radicalism, the more truthful and expressive witnesses they will be," said the head of the UGCC.

Living by the Gospel's values, the monastics are that which gives growth not only to religious communities, but also to the society which for years lived in an anti-Christian environment and which requires care and healing.

According to participants, the meeting provided them with the great strength of parental support and encouragement.

Source: Information Department of the UGCC