Why would 6 men need any help [to make a 2000 square foot addition to the priory]? The parishioners do everything and the prior does not lift a finger (and the six men) and he is complaining? I wish I had 5 men to help me.
Readers must be astonished that monasteries could've been built
in totally unsettled locales [×] by mere monks
--and rebuilt--from stone, using mediæval
• as magnificent and eventually huge as Monte Cassino
• as challenging as Citeaux [@@@] or Clairvaux [@@@@@]; or
• an environment as severe as Chartreuse [@@@@] of the Carthusians.
There are important lessons to be learned from Florida cracker-houses
about construction that can make the summer subtropical climate tolerable
. That can be creatively combined with the modernish concrete-pad
technology that's so well-established in Florida. Not only is concrete-block
technology practically universally available, but Florida also has quarries for coquina-rock
near St. Augustine (St. Johns Co.), and for more ordinary stone near Ocala (Marion Co.).
Maybe if SSPX is newly determined to indulge in modernist
’, they should arrange to have their clergy trained in building construction
by Habitat for Humanity
Note ×: "totally unsettled locales" meaning locales completely lacking civilized inhabitants, e.g., wood-workers and stone-workers.
Note @: Cassino survives in modern Italy, in inland Lazio (class. Latium
), near where an imaginary coastal perpendicular from W.-coastal Gaeta would cross the Liri (River) approx. 1/4 way N.W. across the peninsula.
Note @@: Cluny (est. 910), in Burgundy.
Note @@@: Abb. St. Robert's Citeaux (est. 1098), in Burgundy.
Note @@@@: St. Bruno (of Cologne)'s Chartreuse (Fr. Alps) (est. 1076) of the Carthusians.
Note @@@@@: St. Bernard's Clairvaux (class. clara vallis
: "valley of light") (est. 1115), originally the "Valley of Wormwood".