I didn’t mention the most bothersome thing

by Andrea Elizabeth

In yesterday’s reading, St. Maximus said that Adam left God for a prostitute. I can see the justification for it, but still, I’ve never heard anyone else use that inflammatory a word for Eve. She is the mother of all the living. To call your mother a prostitute is pretty bridge burning. A sinner, yes. Seduced, yes. But a filthy whore… I reckon he had issues with his mother too.

This is one reason I don’t idealize monasticism. It does entail a rejection of sorts of the opposite sex. I wonder if most of them have issues. This is not to say that they wont find healing at the monastery. I hope they do. And it may make them into saints, but one who chooses that vocation is not automatically one.