Twenty-five years ago, M. Basil Pennington, was the first Western monk to stay on Mount Athos for more than the usual overnight visit. The Monks of Mount Athos is the journal of his extraordinary sojourn there. Listen as Pennington wrestles with theological differences between Christianity's East and West, learns the Orthodox practice of "the prayer of the heart," and explores the landscape, the monastic communities, and the food of Athos—a monastic republic like no other place on earth.
The abbot's experiences on Mount Athos motivated him to re-examine his role as a monk and his relationship to God. His inspiring meditations will help you to explore your own relationship to God and to others.
This is the 25th anniversary edition of Pennington's landmark visit (published in an earlier version by Doubleday in 1978 under the title O Holy Mountain!), complete with new material by Archimandrite Dionysios, a monk from "the Holy Mountain," reflecting on the ecumenical openness fostered as a result of, and since, Pennington's stay.
Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing; (April 2003)
Paperback: 305 pages