On the desire for monasticism – Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

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On the desire for monasticism

Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

One father asked Elder Joel, “Father Joel, why do you encourage girls to become nuns?”

“I don’t encourage them, but I don’t interfere. I neither ignite nor extinguish the desire for monasticism. I don’t ignite it because it’s not within my power: Only the Holy Spirit can do so. But I don’t extinguish it because I should not do so. Who am I to extinguish a flame that God lights?”

“But if you’re not encouraging them to become nuns, then how do you explain that so many girls who confess to you want to become nuns?”

“Your question would be correctly reformulated this way: ‘Why do so many girls who want to become nuns come to you for confession?’ Then I would answer you, ‘Because everyone knows that I don’t discourage people from monasticism.’ Thus, they come to me because they are sure that I won’t oppose their desire. Do you understand now?”

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