That’s actually a Dominican in the picture, but “ora et labora” is the motto of the Benedictine: Pray and Work.
And study. Books are the Benedictine lifeblood.
I promised myself a while back that I would take mornings to study, specifically to read books on anything but what is going on around us, although very often what I’m reading has its resonances in the day, as well, and no, I don’t strictly mean scripture, but there’s that, too.
It is good to be quiet. In fact, it is necessary. I invite you to be quiet, too, if you can spare even 15 minutes for it, in your day.
As I write this, the Word is still going forth, from Italy, and they are up to the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13. It’s kind of wonderful to watch. You can go here (click on the top red button on the right.