Today’s post continues a monthly series on my experiences introducing monastic practices to those I encounter in jail ministry. Read last month’s post here.
Monks in the Orthodox tradition have long believed that God’s love is unchanging, constant, like the light of the sun. We do not need to appease a deity’s anger or perform well to turn the light of God’s affection and gaze upon us. It’s just there, divine mercy blazing away, pouring down all the time.
The problem, these elders say is that our minds—our nouses, or the window to our hearts—have been darkened, like crusty basement windows.