Tools and Clothes

One of my favorite lines in the Rule of St. Benedict comes from chapter 31, describing the function of the monastic cellarer (business manager): "Let him regard all the vessels of the monastery and all its substance, as if they were sacred vessels of the altar." In other words, the guy in charge of the monastery's mundane tools and equipment needs to regard those items as if they were as sacred and precious as the chalice and paten used on the altar to hold the bread and wine that will be … [Read more...]