One of the best monastic communities of men that I know are the outstanding Benedictine Monks in Norcia, the presumed birthplace of St. Benedict in Umbria.
These are the monks who put their sung hours and Masses online on demand HERE
These are the monks who make spectacular beer… truly spectacular beer HERE
They have the older, traditional form of Holy Mass and, just as happened for centuries now, they are helping to revive a dormant town into new life. They’ve put Norcia back on the map.
They have, once again, a nice calendar for 2015 with images of their monastic life. You can help the monks by buying some of their calendars and giving them as gifts. Quick! Before Christmas is upon us and you have to rush to get things done!
Here are some snaps of mine:
Each day as indications for the liturgical calendar in both Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms, as well as abstinence or fast symbols. Note that under each day of the week there is an theme which is traditionally observed.
Some spiritual direction about fasting.
Yes, friends, it looks like this.
And then there is the brewery.
You get great calendars, you take care of some gift ideas, the monks benefit… everyone wins.