Benedictine monastic life is often identified with a motto "Ora et Labora" which in reality is not contained in the text of the Rule of Benedict, written by the patriarch of Western monasticism in the seventh century. However, this expression renders well the concreteness of life that takes place in a monastery day after day. Work is the normal medium of which the community lives. Saint Benedict wants the monks involved in daily work and prayer. Tradition shows us work activity as a fundamental element of monastic life in a wise and delicate balance with contemplative spiritual activity. Through the work of their hands the monks thus share one of the fundamental dimensions of the life of every man and woman, making themselves travel companions.

The fruit of our daily work is not just for the sustenance and life of the community, but also for helping some of our still young foundations in Brazil and Tanzania.

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