Food IS a Spiritual thing
Seems they are not alone in bringing in "the dough" by supplying wonderful edible goods.
An Upstate New York order of monks who don't watch TV or listen to the radio will soon be going high-tech to offer their baked goods for sale on the Internet.Others who "preach" the labor of "loaves":
Brother Paul Richards says thousands of loaves are baked at the monastery each week for sale in supermarkets in Buffalo, Syracuse, Binghamton and Erie, Pennsylvania.
Monks' Bread fans from outside the region already can place orders using a toll-free phone line. - WCBS TV
- Trappistine Quality Candy (Mount Saint Mary's Abby, Wrentham, MA)
- Trappist Cheese (Abbey of Gethsamane, Trappist, KY)
- Monestary of the Angels candy and pumpkin bread (Los Angeles, CA)
- Trappist Preserves (St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, MA)
- Chocolate-Covered Fruitcake...aka "Fraters" (Holy Cross Abbey, Berryville, VA)
- Trappist Holy Orders Coffee (Our Lady of the Andes Monastery, Meridia, Venezula)
To a Trappist, work is a form of prayer. In fact, the cycle of public prayers the monks chant seven times daily is known as the Work of God, or Opus Dei in Latin. Trappists also pray privately at intervals throughout the day, encountering God through the ancient monastic discipline known as lectio divina, or sacred reading.And food stuffs are just the beginning...they have more...lots more. Monastery Greetings.