Keeping Contemporary Conveniences at Bay

Keeping Contemporary Conveniences at Bay

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In this interview Nikolaos Koios, Editor-in Chief of Pemptousia, and Elder Elisaios, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras, Mt Athos, Greece, discuss the concern of modern conveniences on Mt. Athos.  They aren’t necessarily talking about wifi or Google, but automobiles and electricity.  “We are careful how we use it, so it doesn’t change our lives too much.”   They take great measure to limit the secularization of their environment, protecting every “harbor.” Can we learn from their example?

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