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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.134

Benedictine frugality as inspiration for sustainable ways of life


  • Dr. Barbora SPALOVÁ

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The restoration of monastic life in Czech Republic put the communities to the situation when they had to learn again how to live the Benedictine, Cistercian or Trappist community life and how to ensure their subsistence. After forty years of precarious illegal existence the monks and nuns had to find out how to reinterpret and practice the Rule of St. Benedict including the ideals affecting the moral economy (Fasssin 2009) of the monasteries: the vow of poverty, the rules for equilibrated quotidian life, the demand of restraint in consumption and of community sharing, the place of work in community and individual spiritual life. After 25 years of renewed life of the communities marked by searching for the appropriate model in changing economic conditions (the process of restitution of the church properties is not finished until today) the monasteries became the places of inspiration for some parts of the society. The paper will analyse the negotiations around some values apparently common for monastery and for interested parts of the society. What is the value, the meaning of frugaity in monastic life and how it can be inspiring for the society?