February 10, 2008

What do I do?

Yesterday a relative expressed to me some mistaken notions of my "jobs" in the monastery.

Here's a list.

Things All Monks Do
1. We join together in church several times a day to worship God by offering the Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office) and the Mass.
2. We each pray privately, especially by way of the prayer discipline called "Lectio divina," prayerful, reflective reading of Sacred Scripture.
3. We take turns at the physical chores of running the monastery household.

Jobs I have as personal assignments.
1. Serve as a priest in the celebration of the Mass and the Divine Office.
2. Take turns as a cantor or as an organist in our liturgical services.
3. Serve as the Formation Director and as one of the course instructors for new monks.
4. Maintain the schedules and records of Mass Intentions that the priests of our monastery offer.
5. Preach conferences and hear confessions for groups on retreat at the monastery.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

God Tube has a great video about the good men of Our Lady of the Annunciation at Clear Creek that does a great job of explaining monasticism, Benedictine spirituality, and what's done in a modern monastery.

8:19 PM  

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