CHAPTER 51 - Members on a Short Journey

If a member is sent on some errand and expects to return to the monastery that same day, s/he must not presume to eat outside, even if s/he receives a pressing invitation, unless perhaps the prioress/abbot has ordered it. RB 51:1-2

In the time of Benedict having a meal with another was a meaningful act. It signified a special bond and relationship that was meant to be shared with the community.

The common meal can be an expression of the common life and an extension of the prayer and ministry of the members. It is a place where charity, compassion, concern, reverence, humility, and peace can grow.