Ekstaza miłości. Asceza w teorii i praktyce życiowej Jelizawiety Skobcowej (Matki Marii, 1891–1945)
The ecstasy of love. Asceticism in Elizaveta Skobtsova’s theory and practice of life (Mother Maria, 1891–1945)
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The purpose of the present essay is to analyse Elizaveta Skobtsova’s view on asceticism. She believes that the future of Christianity will depend on the Christians’ ability to reborn asceticism as “liturgy in the temple” based on unconditional love of our neighbour “which depicts the entire image of Christ in man.” Skobtsova believes that “face will be fiery and Christian deeds white. Tension will be incinerating and earned mercy will be winged.” We assume that, especially in her convent live, Skobtsova practised this kind of ascetic life, which in turn helped her to reach the highest level of moral perfection. A good example is the case which took place in the concentration camp in Ravensbrück. Skobtsova was hit by a female SS guard in the face with a belt as she was talking to a Russian girl. At that moment Mother Maria maintained absolute calm and did not even feel any animosity towards her executor.
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