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Monk in the World: Work 6 – Reflection Questions and Closing Blessing ~ A Love Note from Your Online Abbess

Dearest monks, artists, and pilgrims,

During this Jubilee year of sabbatical we are revisiting our Monk Manifesto by moving slowly through the Monk in the World retreat materials together every Sunday. Each week will offer new reflections on the theme and every six weeks will introduce a new principle.

Principle 5: I commit to bringing myself fully present to the work I do, whether paid or unpaid, holding a heart of gratitude for the ability to express my gifts in the world in meaningful ways.

This week we offer you questions for reflection on the principle of being fully present to your work.

What is the love that calls you to your labors in the world?
Do you need to maintain a job to earn a living?
Does this work support your ability to also create and rest and dream?
How might you bring more love and delight to all of the tasks you are called to?

Closing Blessing from Christine 

God who labors through us,
we bring our full presence to work
and enter into an act of co-creation with you.
Support me in the endeavor to do everything with love,
remembering that each small act of compassion
is woven together into a great tapestry of kindness.
Bless my hands as I offer my gifts
in service to your unfolding grace.

With great and growing love,


Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE

Photo © Christine Valters Paintner

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