|Monasteries are for getting away from it all|
|Good old NaCl|
Okay, back to Apianus, and this requires imagination. Consider the impulse that draws one to a monastery, a life locked down within walls, where one lives in poverty, chastity, and obedience. One is expected to work hard six days a week, eat (gruel) in silence, pray frequently, and sleep (only very little) on a bare cot or even floor. One must really desire to escape the temptations and complications of the world to accept that life. Then consider the fear with which one might hear that one had to rejoin the secular world and negotiate a business contract, or perhaps contracts, so that the other brothers could remain insulated within the monastic community. That was effectively what Father Abbot told Apianus.
|Cadfael: Ellis Peter and Sir Derek Jacobi|
He did well. He built himself a cell in Comacchio so that he could supervise the regular transactions between his monastery and the local merchants. He even evangelized the area. No whisper of temptation or distraction was heard. So many miracles were reported as his grave that robbers tried to steal his relics -- the trade was brisk at the time, but has since been mostly suppressed. Their cart seized up at the Church of Saint Maurus and since it would go no further, there he rests.