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Unformatted text preview: Saint Augustine wrote be assiduous in prayer (Colossians 4:2), at the hours and times appointed. However, these ideas and values are significantly different from those in the world around us today. For example, when referring to chastity, Saint Augustine wrote you may not fix your gaze upon any woman. Seeing women when you go out is not forbidden, but it is sinful to desire them or to wish them to desire you. Present day readers bring their own assumptions of monastic communities when reading the document. The document supports the Letter to a Soldier written by Saint Jerome, who himself was influenced by monasticism. The creation of monasticism itself was a response to the legalization of Christianity in the Roman Empire. Those who wanted to enter a monastic community wanted to escape the worldliness they saw around themselves. The same reason attracts those wanting to join a monastic community in the present day....
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- Spring '08