Monasticism and the Arts
From their earliest days, Benedictine monasteries have supported the arts. Benedictines appreciate beauty as a window into the presence of God, and the practice of making art itself as a spiritual discipline.
On the Artisans of the Monastery
(The Rule of St. Benedict, Ch. 57)
If there are artisans in the monastery,
let them practice their crafts with all humility,
provided the Abbot has given permission.
But if any one of them becomes conceited
over his skill in his craft,
because he seems to be conferring a benefit on the monastery,
let him be taken from his craft
and no longer exercise it unless,
after he has humbled himself,
the Abbot again gives him permission.
The Artists of St. Paul's Monastery
S. Sarah Voss OSB and CSPB Arts