“A monk,” said one of the ancient Fathers, “means a truthful mouth, a holy body, and a pure heart.”
What I especially like about this Saying is that it is something every follower of Jesus may choose.
Indeed isn’t this exactly what Paul requests of us in Rom 12:1? “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” NIV
Which he follows up with this invitation “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”NIV
Both Matthew and Mark record Jesus’ words “It’s not what goes into the mouth that contaminates a person in God’s sight. It’s what comes out of the mouth that contaminates the person.” CEB
Of course, achieving this lifestyle requires practice as well as engaging in those activities which nurture our faith such as prayer, reading the Bible, sacred music, reading the great Christian writers, worship, fellowship, contemplation, etc.
What would you add to this list?