The grace of work


Benedict's motto "ora et labora" introduces into the circuit of the European economic system 'two' distinct actions, prayer and work, which take place in the stabilitas loci, that is within the monastery; St. Francis eight centuries later, going among the people, marks a kind of revolution: pilgrim around the world, prays while working and working while praying. Hence the expression "grace of work" (Regola bullata, chap. V) because it serves to humanize and perfect oneself, the work one does and others; it opens to collaboration, relationships and fraternity. The conception of work as grace, and no longer as coercion, fatigue and punishment, means recognizing it as participation in God's creative act. The work must be done with "fidelity and devotion", and it is prayer: singing of the industriousness of each one with that of all the creatures of the universe is praise to the Creator in his magnificence and mercy. (from the fifth panel of the exhibition "Fraternal Economy")


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The restoration of the Chapel of the Magdalene

Foundation for the Basilica of S.Francis

Restoration work in progress on the Chapel of Magdalene, the third chapel on the right side of the nave in the Lower Basilica. The initial work was ...

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The restoration of the support spur

Foundation for the Basilica of S.Francis

One of the next restorations that must be undertaken is that of the stone spur that supports the structure of the Sacro Convento. Located outside, it ...