Mt Athos the skete of Saint Demetrios

Skete of Saint Demetrios.View of a typical monastic settlement on Mount Athos.It is hidden away in a dense forest, in a peaceful area conducive to prayer and spiritual development.A person must live like an exile from this world in order to advance spiritually.what characterizes a spiritual exile? Modest behavior, a reserved wisdom, unrecognized prudence, invisible good intentions, unseen prayer and meditation, acceptance of humiliations, an embracing of hardships, a consistent determination to love God, an abundance of charity, renunciation of vainglory, and a profound desire to keep silent.

Based on Saint John of the Ladder

In the photo, a view of the Skete of Saint Demetrios, which was originally built by descendants of the saint around the ninth century. Initially it was a small monastery called the Monastery of Chalcheos. Seven or eight hundred years later it became what it is today – the Skete of Saint Demetrios.

The Creator and Ruler of the world called Himself meek and humble of heart. Therefore, to be a true Ruler of this world we must also be humble and meek in our hearts, with a deep respect for our neighbor and for all of creation.