Criminal serving his sentence with monks pleads to be sent back to prison… because monastery life is too hard | dailymail.co.uk
This kind of made my day.
“A convicted criminal who was serving out his sentence in a monastery has escaped for the second time and asked to be sent back to prison because life [at the monastery] was too tough.”
And yet the Capuchin order has been around since …. the 1500s? Originally a part of the Franciscans, they broke off around 1525 after expressing distress that the Franciscans of late had, they felt, abandoned the austere principles intended by their founder St. Francis of Assisi. Now there are the Capuchins and the Franciscans, and both have their particular charisms within the Church, and both contribute great things to the future of the Church.
Something this article doesn’t mention is the monks’ prayer hours…. they, like most other monastic communities, rise frequently through the night and pray for hours at a time, in thanksgiving to God for the many gifts they have. The idea is that by establishing the strict self-discipline needed to conquer the needs of the flesh, they are able to focus more clearly on the glorification of God.
I especially like the comment at the bottom of this article, from “Alice”:
“The monastic life can be very tough; it is regimented and determined by daily acts of worship. Many monasteries are largely self-supporting, and monks are expected to work in tending vegetable gardens and sometimes livestock (particularly on the continent). Some also have a trade to serve the wider community – think Benedictine spirit, Caldey Island perfume and chocolate etc – and many don’t have any television. Men (and women nuns) choose to live like this in austerity to worship God and exercise self-discipline in doing so. The lack of self-discipline is what gets so many into trouble these days, so perhaps we should be sending people to the Capuchins rather than the obviously easier life-style of prison!”
I like Alice’s idea!!
† St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us! †