Academics & Mentorship

“…The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man” (Genesis 39:2)

“My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:1-4)

As Christians, our spiritual success is our utmost priority. After all, “…what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” (Matt 8:36). Nevertheless, we should not neglect to support each other in our personal and academic goals. Throughout history, we hear of several great saints who succeeded in extraordinary ways – both as a consequence of their close relationship with God, and as a means of glorifying His name on earth. At the age of only thirty, Joseph became the second man to Pharaoh on account of being “filled with the spirit of God” unlike any other (Gen 41:38). Paul was a famous teacher and expert of Jewish Philosophy. Cosmas and Damian were Physicians who treated the sick free of charge. What unites all of these examples is one essential element: all of them had their sights set on the Kingdom of Heaven. For them, earthly success was a means – not an end. Neither did they attribute their success to personal merit, but attributed all glory to God by whom we “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

Work and studies may also be a means of protecting the senses from boredom and worldly distraction. In fact, manual labor is considered an essential component of the monastic tradition – especially for monks who are less experienced in long periods of prayer and reading.

Equally important is the opportunity for witnessing to Christ. When entrusted with any responsibility, handling matters with diligence, faithfulness, and integrity will always distinguish God’s children (This is far more important than the substance of one’s studies or career). People will then be able to interact with Christ directly – by interacting with His children who are united with Him in word, deed and thought.

Indeed, they will “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8)

On this page, you will find ample resources for high school students, college/university students, and new graduates who are looking for advice and mentorship in their area(s) of interest.