July 24, 2013
Source: District of the USA
A scene from the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Silver City, NM.
Making a window in the monastery's woodshop.
Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading. Hence, we believe that the time for each will be properly ordered by the following arrangement; namely, that from Easter till the calends of October, they go out in the morning from the first till about the fourth hour, to do the necessary work, but that from the fourth till about the sixth hour they devote to reading." Rule of St. Benedict