At the monastery we have a motto: Prayer and Work,
"Ora et Labora" in Latin. Our lives are centered around
chanting the Psalms seven times a day and manual labor.
My job this week was cleaning Gladiola bulbs. You remove
the roots in preparation for re-planting in the Spring. It's simple
stress-free manual labor, and really is just another form
I also worked with Brother Placid to saw up a large tree that had
fallen in a storm. He's a pretty tough 85 year old guy! I had a
hard time keeping up with him. And this was with hand saws,
no chain saws!