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Visitation among Monks

 Visitation among Monks

There is a big different between friendship and fellowship inside the monastery, relationship among monks is full of love and can not call it friendship, monk can not be a friend of everyone, but to choose one or few who have the same spiritual ideas and same way of behaviors, they visit each other and walk together; always close to each other during temptation, or sickness. Sometimes they till each other about their private live.

 

Saint Maximums described friend as:


1-    Who will support his friend during hard times, as it is his problem, without tribulation or murmur.


2-    Honest friend is great mystery; during good times he is as consular and partner, or during troubles he is a good honest support.


3-    Those who do the will of God and follow his commandments are the only one who will not let down their friends when the Lord allows the temptation.


4-     Those who do not follow the Lord commandments, they enjoy good times with their friend, but when it is over and things getting worse, they run away from friendship and sometimes support the enemies.