Spirit Of Prayer

This schedule brought to the whole day a spirit of prayer, so that even work and study were done within a prayerful atmosphere. Benedict's Rule was sturdy enough on its own, and without any common government it was able to keep order within the many independent monasteries as they multiplied. At times these monasteries became too strongly supported by the wealthy and politically powerful. Often the result was a relaxation of monastic discipline. When this happened reforms often took place, as they did at Citeaux and Cluny in France in the late 11th and early 12th centuries.

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