Ora et Labora

Piero Marrazzo is on vacation, and he’s looking for a monastery in which to “find himself.” Only, after the recent scandal that forced him out of politics, he’s having a hard time finding a monastery that will take him. A few notes on monastic life, from Corriere della Sera:

Life in a monastery observes very strict rules and a rigid schedule: you get up at 5 a.m., spend the whole day in prayer, recited my the monks seven times a day. Prayer, but also work, according to the Rule of St. Benedict, Ora et labora. “Laziness,” says the saint, “is the enemy of the soul.”

Penitence? That sounds like torture to me.

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