Friday, July 20, 2012

The Monastery Cellarer

Our cellarer, Father Vincent, has charge of all the temporalities of the monastery and all work assignments. He exemplifies well these words from Saint Benedict's Rule:

As cellarer of the monastery let there be chosen from the community one who is wise, of mature character, sober, not a great eater, not haughty, not excitable, not offensive, not slow, not wasteful, but a God-fearing man who may be like a father to the whole community. Let him have charge of everything. He shall do nothing without the Abbot's orders, but keep to his instructions. 

from Chapter 33 of The Rule of Saint Benedict