Pr. Damian PĂTRAȘCU
Institutul Teologic Romano-Catolic Franciscan din Roman
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11 / 2015
The Monastic Doctrine of Saint John Cassian
The present study observes and summarizes the monastic doctrine of Saint John Cassian, placing into its core the fundamental division between active and contemplative life. After discussing each of these two terms, defining them and their semantical coverage strictly from the point of view offered by the situations and examples provided by the Bible, Saint John Cassian reaches the conclusion that, while active life is nevertheless important and significant from the Christian point of view, contemplative life is the pure Christian experience, enduring even to the temporal criterion (while active life remains captive into the temporal dimension).
Keywords: history of Christianism, history of Christian monastic doctrines, saint John Cassian, contemplative life, active life