This is the opening opinion by Andy Flatry, Certified Financial Planner.
Any observer of modern culture who pays even the slightest attention would aptly compare today’s world to the Roman Empire of the sixth and seventh centuries. This was a period of cultural decline, as barbarian invasions destroyed cities, libraries, laws, and even governments. During this time, it was medieval monks, such as Saint Benedict, who preserved and established Western civilization. The monks did this by memorizing ancient texts, Saving agriculture in Europe and evangelism.
Today, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, are doing their part to build a civilization in the midst of cultural rot. And they do this with the help of Bitcoin. These traditional Catholic nuns are monks who follow the rule of Saint Benedict and buy, receive and keep bitcoins in cold storage on behalf of their monastery. They live on self-sufficiency and financial support from all over the world – they have nuns from Mexico, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania – which makes bitcoins their ideal money.
Driving through the hills north of Kansas City, Missouri, on my way to the convent, I wondered, “What could be the connection between these nuns and bitcoin?” Father Matthew Bartolica, chaplain of the monastery, told me:
The monastic life is perhaps the greatest example of a low time preference! It’s all about passing on traditions to future generations… This also has a huge impact on culture, because it’s not just about satisfying one’s immediate desires, but building a better future. Today’s world doesn’t offer much hope because nothing is of value, in part because money is broken – just as it was in ancient Rome. The Benedictines helped rebuild civilization 1,500 years ago, and I believe that monastery life is like a castle, which is a common term with bitcoin, will help rebuild civilization in the 21st century.”
Father Bartolica is a Catholic with an orange bean Priest in the monastery. He aptly refers to Dr. Seif El-Din Amous, author of The Bitcoin Standard, on issues such as architecture and cash food. I was introduced to the priest by a mutual friend. “You are a Catholic who loves Bitcoin…you You have To meet this priest! “
It was Father Bartolica who raised the sisters with organ wallets and taught them how to send, receive, and walk the path to financial supremacy. He is on a mission to convert local Catholic parishes to the Bitcoin standard. By now, the Benedictine Marie was more willing and able.
You can see some similarities between the spirit of bitcoin and the way these nuns live. The sisters go on the march by dedicating their lives for the long haul, even into eternity. By following the model of “ora et laboura,” which means work and prayer in Latin, they show a low preference for time by praying eight times a day, planting their crops and raising their livestock and chickens. Even these nuns set them free award winning A hymn and a hymn lift the spirit.
Mother Superior Cecilia is the young and vibrant abbot of the monastery, in other words:
“What we do is build civilization. We stick to the traditions of the Church and the traditions that created Western culture. We are stable, we have order, we know what we are supposed to do and we do it every day. We do it with love and diligence.”
One thing that struck me immediately upon visiting the monastery was the amazing new church that dominates the land. I was expecting to drive into a modern, utilitarian building, as (disappointingly) to be expected from any ordinary suburban church today. Instead, the sisters built a beautiful architectural structure that includes hand-painted murals, Italian marble, vaulted ceilings, and stained glass windows.
This was made possible by the generous donations of bitcoin made in 2017. These donations allowed the Benedictines to build a church over the ages without the burden of debt financing. Mother Cecilia described her first encounter with Bitcoin in 2017:
“that they [their bitcoin benefactors] We knew we had to build the church, and it helped, boy! I mean, wow, what a blessing. Without it, I don’t know if we will continue to repay a loan on this beautiful building.”
So, despite the reputation that bitcoin traders might have as a miserly stock, the generosity brightened and the nuns were able to sell the proceeds (tax-free) for the purpose of building their church.
“We have had such great success with several very large donations of bitcoin to help build this house of prayer. If I was someone with money, I wanted to help make tangible goods, not something that was slapped to last 50 years; something that would last, Something that will be passed down from generation to generation, lasting a thousand years, this beautiful monument to the glory of God.” — Mother Cecilia
At first glance, it may seem inappropriate to see traditional Catholic nuns embracing bitcoin – these are full-fledged custom nuns – but technology has helped them see significant growth in the order of religious sisters.
Many young Benedictine women discovered Mary by searching Catholic monasteries on the Internet, the traditional Latin mass in particular. The internet, and now the Bitcoin network, has made it possible for generous donors around the world to easily play a role in building the monastery. Their music has now been streamed over 3.5 million times on platforms like spotify; The sisters’ wise embrace of technology has paid off.
My favorite part of the trip, in addition to the spiritual benefits, was watching how many things the nuns do to prepare their own food. The sisters made me a lunch of vegetable and beef soup, homemade rolls and butter, all produced on site. The conversation was about thoughts about honest money, how the church can benefit from the adoption of bitcoin and the health benefits of raw milk.
“Who knows how to farm anymore? This is something we do and hope to get better every year, just being self-sufficient. So we can work closely with the land and soil and God’s creation, and produce our own food here. It really is a beautiful thing.” – Mother Cecilia
While it is admittedly alien to many of us who live in the world of clowns, myself included, the desire to join traditional religious life is growing. Each year the Benedictine Nuns host more than 150 visiting women from all over the world to mark the process of joining their system. Of these women, about 10 will take permanent vows. As a result, their space is bursting at the seams and plans are in the making to build another new monastery in southern Missouri.
It may also be that the importance of traditional religious organizations, such as the Benedictines of Mary, that embrace bitcoin will become even more important as the beliefs they profess worsen among the general public. The sisters are aware of their unpopularity in the eyes of our conformist culture, and they were shooting target In the last years. One can imagine this kind of hostility being used as a justification to impede the organization’s use of its own bank account, as in the case of Canadian truck drivers in early 2022 – even for a group of humble devout sisters.
While churches and monasteries exist to be a sanctuary against a declining culture, their finances are still artificially inflated and the traditional financial system. The unauthorized nature of bitcoin ensures that these spiritual fortresses can be immune to financial oversight while at the same time interacting with the global monetary network. As long as they choose to use Bitcoin.
Sisters accept bitcoin donations on website.
This is another guest post by Andy Flatry. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BTC Inc. Or Bitcoin Magazine.
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