Monasticism to The Rescue
Part II- Continuing A Brief History of Christian Mystical Spirituality. Part 1- A Handful of Heretics
The love that was the mainspring of early Christianity was still enshrined in the monastic life after Constantine became emperor and Christianity was proclaimed the official religion of the Roman Empire by Theodosius the Great in AD 381. It was this consecrated form of life that was now used to renew the secular world that was rapidly going downhill.
The Plan for Renewal
The plan for renewal involved taking the spiritual life that was flourishing with ever greater fervour in the desert and using it as leaven