“I am pleased that you have a great deal of work and that you are very busy. That is an excellent way to become holy. Life is so short, and heaven will be so wonderful that we shall desire to have labored and suffered!” (Mother Cécile Bruyère, first abbess of Sainte-Cécile of Solesmes)
Work, a cornerstone of Benedictine life, is a means of exercising charity and obedience, contributing to the upkeep of the monastery and maintaining a healthy balance of mind and body. Whether assigned to the kitchen, laundry, sewing, gardening, altar bread department, or caring for the sick or elderly, work allows each nun to find her particular way to sanctification in union with Jesus, who spent the majority of his earthly life in humble labor.
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