Travels in Italy, Greece and the Jonian Islands in a Series of Letters Volume 1

Travels in Italy, Greece and the Jonian Islands in a Series of Letters Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1820 edition. Excerpt: ... us with the utmost kindness, and though at the head of the be, ging monks, was as much of a gentleman as the head' of the Camaldolese. He sat with us during 190 MONASTIC INSTITUTIONS. dinner, but only out of compliment; he tasted nothing, but recommended wine and good living for a journey. We are beggars, he said, and can offer you but little; that little, however, was an excellent dinner of stewed and fried beef, roasted pigeons, macaroni, omelet, and anchovies, good wine, and a dessert. Reflecting on these monastic institutions, one cannot help regretting that so much heart and mind should be lost to the world by misguided piety. Immured within the solitary precincts of the cloister may be found talents and virtues, that might have adorned and improved society. Why should these be buried in monastic seclusion? Active employment is not more incumbent on us as membersof society, than essential to our own individual happiness. It is the great law of our nature; and the mind, if not engaged in laudable and useful occupations, will either sink into hopeless languor, or seek relief in pernicious and degrading pursuits. Monastic institutions, in general, then, may be considered as injurious to society. The order of Saint Bernard, however, is well entitled to respect and gratitude. Along with monastic duties, active usefulness is enjoined. The brethren are obliged daily to descend a league on either side of the mountain, attended by large sagacious dogs, kept for the purpose, in order to discover or aid such as have been overwhelmed by avalanches, or are exhausted by fatigue in passing MONASTIC INSTITUTIONS. 191 the alpine barrier. When arrived at the convent, every traveller, without distinction, may, on ringing a bell, receive as much...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944232
  • 9781236944238