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« on: August 24, 2013, 07:21:31 PM »

Can an Orthodox Christian be a loner?

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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 07:49:17 PM »

No. The spiritual life is one of community.
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2013, 08:24:49 PM »

Yes...where do you think hermits come from?
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2013, 08:57:41 PM »

I think if that's what suits you, sure, so long as you participate in certain ways that you feel good or able to; though I would say that loneliness and being alone do not always overlap.

EDIT--To add, something that comes to mind is a story I read about a monk... St. Gregory Palamas I believe. He had taken to staying in his cell and not going to liturgy. Someone appeared to him in a vision or apparition chastising him for this. Some are called to be more participatory, at least in a certain way, than they may feel like they want to be. Then again, Mary of Egypt didn't attend many liturgies. It seems to vary from person to person. Perhaps it's a situation where you should ask your priest God.
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I'll bet I look like a goof.

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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2013, 10:02:33 PM »

Can an Orthodox Christian be a loner?
Hermit monks do it everyday, but you don't have to be that extreme.
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2013, 11:02:27 PM »

What is a "loner"?

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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2013, 11:51:45 PM »

Can an Orthodox Christian be a loner?
Hermit monks do it everyday, but you don't have to be that extreme.
Hermit crabs do, too, but you don't have to be that crabby. Wink
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