ctivities to engage during your visit to our monastery revolve around your purpose for being here. Nine good reasons are, i the simple contact with the scent of holiness; ii renewed spiritual direction; iii spiritual conversation and communion with others; iv a return to the freedoms of humility and truth; v imitating Christ alone with the Father in the wilderness; vi confirming God’s call on your life; vii questioning if the religious life is for you; viii bringing a friend to taste and see; ix repentance, baptism, conversion and stepping into discipleship.

In all of these types of visit, you might meet holy men and women, angels and archangels or simply the great abyss of desert silence that swallows all orphaned human meanings for life — but either way, none seek glory for themselves and expect all the glory to go to God. For, in your visit and in all these kinds of visits and activities, a single word unendingly rings out in trilogy around the throne of God. It is the word Agios.

Holy. Holy. Holy.

Agios.  Agios.  Agios.

  Your activities reflect your purpose for being here; and, as it was for Abba Antoni the Great in the desert (left), your purpose usually involves slowing down rather than speeding up, hearing from God rather than chasing the world, listening to your soul’s needs and the needs of others, coming to rest in yourself so as to meet God who is at rest in you, and perhaps planning new projects together in partnership with God.

St Enoch & St Elijah Monastery OF
t enoch and st elijah monastery is

surrounded by 50 acres of totara bush, currently gardens, streams and grazing land all being a witness that God is sovereign over all. At any time a leaf might sing his praises by its colour, or a drop of water his wholeness in its clear light. A bird might echo God’s sweet voice or a still quiet stone God’s eternal rest. A passing bee might reflect how busy are the Holy Spirit’s angels and the clouds how the earth is separated from the heavens. In the night the stars might speak of God’s eternity and the moon his seasons; while the darkness might softly open his womb to you and the dawn his birthing you into yet another day on Earth.

SFFJ monastery is such a busy place in the kingdom of heaven, glorified mostly by simply being itself.

nd the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:8-9.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;

your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalms 23.

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Like The delicate and fragile Punga Frond, The Father Gradually Unfolds His Plans for our Father fusion and we gradually unfold in his image