Every week, the novices with their master and assistant master undertake some community work. This ranges from working in the garden, cleaning the kitchen and tidying the stores to proofreading liturgical books and inputting data on the computer.

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The rationale for these activities go beyond getting necessary but unglamorous work done. By working at tasks that use the body in a simple, repetitive way, the mind is engaged to focus on our creatureliness under God and inspired to dwell on Him from whom all good things come.

It also engages the simple skills of every human being, so there is no competition or comparison; no stars who excel. Just the humble exercise of work.

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