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Ora et labora
St. Benedict summarizes the lifestyle he teaches to his monks in these three words, which mean "pray and work." This formula comes from his Rule, which he wrote in the 6th century for his community at Montecassino in Italy. For Benedictines, the two attitudes aren’t opposed, but related. Wisdom of the heart consists in bringing the two together in deep harmony. prayer must remain the first priority, for it is from contemplation that the ability to live fully is born. Taking a break during the day to pray allows us to return to everyday things with more serenity and efficiency.

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