Any human life has its share of difficulties. Monastic life has its own hardships: enclosure, early rising and regular fasting do not exactly gratify human nature. And even though we live in community, our life has its share of solitude. Nevertheless, the Rule of St Benedict’s success lies in its discretion. In other words, it seeks to adapt to each person: both to monks in poor health and to those able to do more. Above all, however, the Holy Spirit makes joyful hearts of all who have left everything to follow Christ!