The internal mission of the Church6 August 2019
Orthodoxy is asceticism and life, which is why it’s only through asceticism and life that preaching and mission are accomplished. The internal mission of the Church ought to be to cultivate asceticism- personal and general- among our people. Parishes should be converted into ascetic centres, but that can be achieved only by an ascetic priest. We have to strengthen prayer with fasting, to cultivate good order in church, because this is one of the main ways in which Orthodoxy has a regenerative effect on people. But all this depends on our priests and monastics becoming ascetics themselves.