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Life of a Stylite
« on: October 17, 2010, 06:33:41 AM »


Do you remember the article written by Temo Bardzimashvili titled "Georgian Monk Builds Stairway to Heaven".  http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/08/georgian-monk-to-mount-katskhi-pillar.html

The article reports about Father Maxim, a native of Chiatura in Georgia who has wanted to live atop the Katskhi pillar as a Stylite since childhood. With the help of local villagers and money from donors throughout Georgia he is rebuilding the church. Once finished, he hopes to receive permission from the Patriarch to fulfill that dream.

Stephen Riehl is an independent filmmaker based in the Pacific Northwest who is currently working with Temo to develop a feature length documentary film based on his article. The working title is, The Stylite: A Matter Of Faith.

You can check out the official website at http://www.thestylite.com/.

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Re: Life of a Stylite
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010, 07:43:23 AM »
It's nice to hear about the revival of stylite asceticism.  I'm sure the publicity makes Fr. Maxim uncomfortable; but if it's for God's Glory, then so be it.
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Re: Life of a Stylite
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2015, 08:19:16 AM »
The life of a stylite fascinates me, as does that of a hermit.

A year or so ago, another article about Fr Maxim appeared with breath-taking photos:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/katskhi-pillar-monk-georgia-maxime-qavtaradze_n_3950192.html

My question is: can a layman (married) adopt a hermit-style of life while living in a town and works full-time?

What would this entail?
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Re: Life of a Stylite
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2015, 09:35:46 AM »
The life of a stylite fascinates me, as does that of a hermit.

A year or so ago, another article about Fr Maxim appeared with breath-taking photos:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/katskhi-pillar-monk-georgia-maxime-qavtaradze_n_3950192.html

My question is: can a layman (married) adopt a hermit-style of life while living in a town and works full-time?
What would this entail?

I have a problem with your definition of "hermit" especially while living in town while married and working. For me that is what is called a contradiction-of-terms, like a "square-circle".
What one is urged to do is have one's home become sacred and church-like, conducting prayer and fasting, dedicating actions, words and thoughts to God, but not alone per marriage.
Not an easy thing to do but worthy of striving towards.
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Re: Life of a Stylite
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2015, 10:49:21 AM »
Which had always been a reference to someone else and is never about you? ...

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Re: Life of a Stylite
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 11:21:41 AM »
Which had always been a reference to someone else and is never about you? ...

What?
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Re: Life of a Stylite
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2015, 06:31:11 AM »
The life of a stylite fascinates me, as does that of a hermit.

A year or so ago, another article about Fr Maxim appeared with breath-taking photos:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/19/katskhi-pillar-monk-georgia-maxime-qavtaradze_n_3950192.html

My question is: can a layman (married) adopt a hermit-style of life while living in a town and works full-time?
What would this entail?

I have a problem with your definition of "hermit" especially while living in town while married and working. For me that is what is called a contradiction-of-terms, like a "square-circle".
What one is urged to do is have one's home become sacred and church-like, conducting prayer and fasting, dedicating actions, words and thoughts to God, but not alone per marriage.
Not an easy thing to do but worthy of striving towards.

Yes, married folks should strive for a more ascetic lifestyle in their faith, but it has to help both grow in Christ.
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Re: Life of a Stylite
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2015, 07:14:43 AM »
A documentary from 2011 (different film maker), definitely from before the recent restoration.  There's video of Patriarch Ilia blessing the foot of the pillar and giving Father Maxime what looks like a jeweled cross.

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