March 10, July 10, November 9
Chapter 32: On the Tools and Property of the Monastery
For the care of the monastery's property
in tools, clothing and other articles
let the Abbess appoint sisters
on whose manner of life and character she can rely;
and let her, as she shall judge to be expedient,
consign the various articles to them,
to be looked after and to be collected again.
The Abbess shall keep a list of these articles,
as the sisters succeed one another in their assignments
she may know what she gives and what she receives back.
If anyone treats the monastery's property
in a slovenly or careless way,
let her be corrected.
If she fails to amend,
let her undergo the discipline of the Rule.
Take all of today's chapter and add to it the injunction from Chapter
31 about regarding the good and tools of the monastery as sacred
vessels of the altar. Now, apply all of that to the world, the
planet, to ecology and see what a rich field for work, prayer and
reflection you have!! Apply its lack of wastefulness to consumerist
values and watch where it leads you. These are the keystones of a
Benedictine ethic of economics!
Love and prayers,
Jerome, OSB jeromeleo@... Petersham