Last Sunday I wrote about the typical life of a Benedictine monastery as an example of human community life ordered around the Lord’s Day. Since the subject is social justice it is worth noting that in the Middle Ages, the monasteries pretty much served as the ‘social assistance network’ for the poor. Monasteries could be found everywhere, in the city and the countryside. The poor could find at a monastery a handout, a meal, or a bed for the night. The monastery clearly reveals the praise and worship of God as the......