Asceticism, Monasticism, and Christian Discipleship

Asceticism, Monasticism, and Christian Discipleship

September 2016

On the weekend of September 16-18, Fr. Gregory Jensen gave a parish retreat at St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas, Texas. The theme of the retreat was “Asceticism, Monasticism, and Christian Discipleship.” Fr. Gregory Jensen is a social scientist specializing in religion and personality theory and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. (OCA). He is the author of The Cure for Consumerism in which he synthesizes insights from the tradition of the Orthodox Church with modern social science to craft a clear understanding of consumerism, offer real solutions to the problems, and put faith and economic freedom to work for both the common good and the kingdom of God.


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  • September 28, 2016
    In this final session, Fr. Gregory presented the ascetical disciplines of prayer, fasting, almsgiving and manual labor as the practical means of Christian discipleship. He also looked at the monastic vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability as the tangible fruits of discipleship.
  • September 28, 2016
    In the second session, Fr. Gregory outlined two very different understandings of freedom: freedom of choice and freedom from sin. Our culture emphasizes the first, the tradition of the Church the second. The personal question we must all ask is what kind of freedom do we desire?
  • September 28, 2016
    In the first session, Fr. Gregory sketched out the call to personal holiness in the Orthodox tradition. He looked at holiness as a personal call to true freedom which comes through obedience to God's will for our lives. Such obedience is only possible if we commit to live as disciples of Christ.

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