Works of Mercy
Saint Benedict is inspired by Jesus’ parable of the Judgment in the Gospel of Matthew. The criterion of judgment is simple: Whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matt 25:40). Our Order’s Constitutions tell us, The community is to remain faithful to the Church’s teaching on social justice, and in its business dealings to withhold support from all structures of oppression. Following a long tradition some part of the monastery’s income is to be allocated for the support of those in want, as far as this is possible. In our guesthouse we offer hospitality to the sojourner and seeker. Our business, Trappist Caskets, provides free caskets for children’s funerals. In addition, we contribute financially to the support of many others both in and outside the Church who are actively engaged in the Works of Mercy.