Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Truly Monks

Work is an essential part of our day. Saint Benedict says in his Rule, "they are truly monks when they live by the work of their hands." Our Constitutions remind us that at work we follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
This hard and redeeming work is a means of providing a livelihood for the brothers and for other people, especially the poor. It expresses solidarity with all workers. Moreover work is an occasion for a fruitful asceticism that fosters personal development and maturity. It promotes health of mind and body and contributes greatly to the unity of the whole community.

Brother Francis at work in the Trappist Preserves kitchen.

Brother Jonah gets a saw ready before heading out to trim trees and clear pathways in the Abbey woodlands.