Communique in Reference to Mshikhani Monastics

9 February 2017

The disciple should never be restricted in his or her expression of holiness and piety as long as it is within the Three Pillars of the faith and as long as the externals of the expression is respectful and in good decorum. The life of each disciple should always be filled with prayer and service to others.

Therefore, the brothers and sisters who are eligible, of good mental stability, having a full knowledge of what their calling is in the monastic order, and who desire to live a specially consecrated life, should do so without hindrance.

The following are four mandatory, daily practices of the monastic life.

1. Praying the Chaplet of Light at least three times per day
2. Meditation on the Limudah (Didache)
3. Praying the Lord’s Prayer
4. Service to others, works of labour (if possible) and intercessory prayer using a journal with names of individuals and situations

Weekly practices

1. Sabbath services with weekly readings from the Aurayta in the form of Divine Reading (what others have referred to as Lectio Divina). The monastic should give great attention to the weekly message if one is available from the Mebeqqar.
2. Sunday service
3. Tuesday, Day of Mar Malkizdik (Melekh ha’Tzadik)

A monastic is expected to pray daily — that is his or her life as a monastic. In addition to his or her duties as a monastic, the disciple is required to fulfil the duties of being a Mshikhani.

We need more brethren devoted to the consecrated life, but not everyone is called by the Divine Mother to this aspect of the faith. One must truly understand that this lifestyle is not as easy as some might think it is, based on what they have seen in media such as television or films. The life of a real monk, nun or hermit, is very demanding and not everyone has both the physical and mental strength to carry out their responsibilities as monastics. It takes a great deal of physical and mental strength to cope with the demands of a monastic who is devoted to spiritual warfare. Thus, the Mebeqqar and the Paqid will be involved with a review process, and no individual should be admitted that is not ready for it. The Mebeqqar and the Paqid should make every effort to ensure that the individual is genuine about their calling, and is truly called and ready.

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