Monasticism continued to develop into the early medieval period. Basil the Great of Cappadocia was not only an influential theologian but also was known for his care for the poor. He established a monastic rule which set forth a communal monastic way of life focused on prayer and work. His legacy extends into the western church through his influence on Saint Benedict. I would like to share some photos I took of ruins of medieval monastic churches and monasteries in Cappadocia.
Father Mattingly and I were privileged to be able to say Mass in a chapel from the medieval period. Notice the carvings into the rock on the walls of the church.
Photography was forbidden in the churches however please open this folio and be mesmerized by the medieval beauty of the frescoes.
There are more beautiful photographs and descriptions of these churches and frescoes here.
Saint Macrina converted the family estate into a monastic community to provide shelter for study and meditation. They lived in Cappadocia in central Turkey. When I was there I took pictures of the unique landscape that looked like a moonscape.
St. Basil the Great. Public domain image from Hagia Sophia Kiev, 11th century.
Today we commemorate Saint Basil the Great who ranks among the Cappadocian fathers of the 4th century: Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory Nazianzen whose feast day is also today; and we must not forget Macrina, the older sister of Basil and Gregory of Nyssa who ranks among them as well because of her keen theological insight. They advanced the development of Christian theology as expressed in the Creed of Nicaea.