tween, he attended every official vocation event the abbey had, plus a week
or two independently. He recalls the
moment when finally he was allowed
to stand in choir with the monks to
pray the office. “I was giddy like a
schoolgirl,” he says. One monk teased
him about how his hands trembled as
he held the book of psalms.
In some of the later retreats, Love
During Love’s year of decision-
was allowed to live among the monks
and work with them side-by-side. He
knew he loved the life, but the com-
munity had questions for him, too.
making, the abbot asked him point
blank: Can you guarantee that you
will not go back to substance abuse?
Love said he could offer no such
guarantee. But he did explain to the
abbot that he had been clean and
sober for a few years already and
cited the notion of taking things one
day at a time: “I said if I do today and
tomorrow what I did yesterday, we
will be in good shape.” Monks, Love
says, are to do all in moderation.
That code has given him additional
strength in his ongoing recovery.
Love has been a Benedictine since en-
tering in 2009. He professed his sol-
emn, or final, vows in 2014. Instead
Monks are to do all
in moderation. That
code has given him
additional strength in
his ongoing recovery.
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