Cistercian (Trappist) Monastery Of Bolton Abbey Seeking God as a Way of Life

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When we reflect on the New Testament we discover that the apostles, especially Peter and Paul, supported themselves by the labour of their own hands. Peter was a fisherman and Paul was a tent-maker. They were anxious not to be a burden on the young churches so they often had to work hard at their trades even whilst deeply involved in evangelization and apostolic work
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Down the centuries monks have always (or almost always) placed a high value on supporting themselves through their own labours. We are also aware that manual work can become a ‘flight from God.’ Feverish activism is an ill not uncommon in today’s society. It is a matter of balance and harmony between work, prayer and spiritual reading. The modern-day American monk, Thomas Merton, put it very succinctly when he said “If you can live on one dollar a day, why would you want to work for two000_0030 - Copy000_0030 - Copybenedictines working 704














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