Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?Mark 8:34-36
What is Monasticism?
Christian monasticism is motivated by a desire to seek God through self-discipline, self-denial, and prayer. Monasticism often includes a celibate lifestyle and a certain amount of seclusion from the world because of the desire to overcome the sinful desires of the flesh. In the Middle Ages, monks and nuns were among the chief teachers of Europe and an influential civilizing force.
Monasteries played an important role in copying and preserving Biblical manuscripts before the invention of the printing press and the newer invention of the internet. Before those modern inventions, each Biblical manuscript had to be hand copied by a trained scribe which was a costly and timely endeavor.
The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Between the 13th and 14th century, the twenty-four monasteries were established atop the rocks. Of an original twenty-four, only six monasteries remain.