Recently I spent a week at a monastery. I didn’t interact a lot with the monks—it’s a cloistered community, and its members don’t often come to the guesthouse area where I  stayed. I saw them at church seven times a day; otherwise I was mostly alone, either walking the grounds or in my room reading or praying. Reading, mostly.
June 26, 2014

Benedict instructed that a novice's street clothes should be kept. Every morning for the rest of his life, the monk confronted two habits.
August 15, 2013