Men Of Stability
“…The Benedictines are men of stability; they are not wandering monks; they acquire lands and bring them under cultivation; they become thoroughly affiliated to the country and people to which they belong, and they receive their recruits from the district in which they have established themselves.
“The Benedictine Order by its Rule is so constituted that it can readily adapt itself to all times and circumstances. The contemplative and practical are harmoniously blended; agriculture, manual labor, literature, missionary work, education were drawn into the circle of activity which SAINT Benedict placed before his disciples. Hence, they soon felt at home in all parts of Europe and the same could be done in America.”
BONIFACE WIMMER, “CONCERNING THE MISSIONS”
Augsburger Postzeitung, November 8, 1845
Letters of An American Abbot