A scene from the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silver City, NM.
A monk during Lectio Divina (contemplative reading) during the early morning hours by the light of a blessed candle (signifying the illuminative Light of Christ).
Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading (lectione divina)."—Rule of St. Benedict