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Living in Common

When a monk chooses to enter a monastery he agrees to become part of a community, living together and sharing all the tasks and responsibilities of daily life. Hospitality is equally a strong component of the monastic life. Providing a retreat atmosphere for individuals and groups is an important gift to the world outside the cloister walls. Help your mom or dad with the chores in the house this weekend, or even doing the dishes one night after dinner. Living in a family is the same as living in a community: everybody helps pitch in to do what needs to be done.

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Early Community