Monastic views: silent breakfast

September 10, 2013
Source: District of the USA

A scene from the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silver City, NM.

After the conventual Mass, the monks take breakfast standing and in silence in the monastery's refectory.

Let us do what the Prophet says: 'I said,—I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue. I have set a guard to my mouth. I was mute and was humbled, and kept silence even from good things' (Ps. 38:2-3). Here the Prophet shows that if the spirit of silence ought to lead us at times to refrain even from good speech, so much the more ought the punishment for sin make us avoid evil words." Rule of St. Benedict

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