How do I convince my family and friend about my monastic calling?
When Moses asked Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go to the wilderness to worship their God, Pharaoh refused and even gave orders to his workers, “You shall no longer give the people straw to make brick as before. Let them go and gather straw for themselves. ” (Exodus 5:7-9). The same thing happens with a person who wants to go to the wilderness for monasticism, and people prevent him or accuse him of trying to escape his responsibilities in the world, claiming that he is lazy, or following an illusion or delusion called monasticism. But, when this person asks for God’s support and help, God begins working with His Strong Stretched Hand, giving this person grace before the eyes of these people, as a consequence, they begin to understand his point of view and encourage him.