Religion: The Life of Work

Is the road to religion marked FOR SAINTS ONLY? Is the plain, non-mystical citizen wasting his time working for the wife & kids—instead of sweating out the Dark Night of the Soul in holy poverty?

To this perennial question, all churchmen and some saints have answered with a firm No. Last fortnight, in his latest encyclical (see EDUCATION), Pope Pius XII pointed to that great prescriber of physical labor, St. Benedict:

"Were the teachings with which Benedict restored and reanimated the decadent, turbulent society of his time today universally applied and flourishing, then our century could repair its moral and material...

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