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From Jonathan Malesic’s excellent The End of Burnout, on the attitudes of Benedictine monks toward their work. (Remember, the motto of Benedictine monasticism is: ora et labora, prayer and work.)

I asked Fr. Simeon, a monk who spoke with a confidence cultivated through the years he spent as a defense attorney, what you do when the 12:40 bell rings but you feel that your work is undone. “You get over it,” he replied.