This is an editorial opinion of Andy Flattery, a certified financial planner.
Even the smallest keen observer of modern culture can aptly compare today’s world to the Roman Empire in the sixth and seventh centuries. This was a period of cultural decline, where barbaric invasions destroyed cities, libraries, laws, and even government. During this time, it was medieval monks, such as Saint Benedict, who preserved and built Western civilization. The monks did this by preserving ancient texts, save agriculture in Europe and preach the Gospel.
Today, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, are doing their part to build a civilization amid cultural decay. And they are doing it with the help of bitcoin. These traditional Catholic nuns are a convent under the rule of Saint Benedict and buy, receive and keep bitcoins on their behalf in cold storage. They survive on self-sufficiency and financial support from all over the world – they have nuns from Mexico, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania – making bitcoin their ideal currency.
As I drove through the hills north of Kansas City, Missouri, on my way to the convent, I wondered, “What could possibly be the connection between these nuns and bitcoin?” Father Matthew Bartulica, the convent’s chaplain told me this:
“Convent life is perhaps the best example of 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 all about satisfying one’s immediate desires, but rather build a better future. Today’s world doesn’t offer much hope for nothing of value, partly because money is corrupted – just like in ancient Rome. Benedictines helped rebuild civilization 1,500 years ago, and I believe that Abbey life like a citadel, a popular term with bitcoin sellers, will help rebuild civilization in the century. 21″.
Father Bartulica is an Orange Catholic priest at the monastery. He frequently consults Dr. Saifedean Ammous, author of “The Bitcoin Standard”, on issues like fiat architecture and fiat food. I was introduced to the priest by a mutual friend. “You are a Catholic who is passionate about bitcoin… you yes to meet this priest! “
It was Father Bartulica who set up the sisters with hardware wallets and taught them how to send, receive, and walk the path toward financial sovereignty. He is on a mission to convert local Catholic parishes to the bitcoin standard. By far, the Benedictines of Mary are as ready as they can be.
You can see some similarities between the bitcoin ethos and the way these nuns live. The sisters walk by devoting their lives to the long, even into eternity. Following the pattern of “ora et labra,” which means work and prayer in Latin, they show their preference for little time by praying eight times a day, growing their own crops, and raising their own cattle and chickens. . These nuns even released Award Winner and spiritual music and hymns lift the soul.
The Convent of Mother Cecilia is the young and vibrant convent of the convent, and put it this way:
“What we are doing is building civilization. We are sticking to the traditions of the Church and the traditions that have built Western culture. We are stable, we are orderly, we know what we have to do and we do it every day. We do it with love, with diligence.”
One thing I was immediately struck by when visiting the convent is the brand new, awe-inspiring church located on the grounds. I expected to drive to a modern, functional building, as (disappointingly) as might be expected from any average suburban church these days. Instead, the sisters built a stunning piece of architecture that included hand-painted murals, Italian marble, vaulted ceilings, and stained-glass windows.
This was made possible thanks to generous bitcoin donations made in 2017. These donations allow Benedictines to build a church for the ages without the burden of debt financing. . Mother Cecilia described her first encounter with bitcoin in 2017:
“Surname [their bitcoin benefactors] knew we had a need to build the Church and, boy, that helped us! I mean, wow, what a blessing. Without it, I don’t know if we would still have paid off a loan for this beautiful building. “
So despite the reputation Bitcoiners may have as stingy hoards, charity shows and nuns can sell the proceeds (tax-free) for the purpose of building their own Church. surname.
“We had a great success with some very large bitcoin donations to help build this house of prayer. If I were a person with the means, I would like to help create tangible products, not something that can last 50 years; something that will last, something that will be passed down from generation to generation, lasting for thousands of years, this beautiful monument to the glory of God. – Mother Cecilia
At first glance, it may seem a bit illogical to see traditional Catholic nuns embrace bitcoin – these are nuns in full habit – but technology has helped them see a significant upsurge among sisters. their religion.
Many young women have discovered Our Lady by searching for Catholic monasteries online, and traditional Latin monasteries in particular. The Internet, and now the Bitcoin network, has also made it easier for benefactors around the world to play a part in building a monastery. Their music has now been streamed over 3.5 million times on platforms like Spotify; The sisters’ diligence in technology has paid off.
My favorite part of the trip, aside from the spiritual benefits, was witnessing the amount of work the nuns do to prepare their own food. The sisters treated me to a lunch of beef and vegetable soup, homemade rolls, and butter, all of which were produced on-site. The conversation revolved around ideas about philanthropy, how the Church can benefit from adopting bitcoin, and the health benefits of raw milk.
“Who else knows how to farm? This is something we do and hope to get better every year, just self-sustaining. So we can work closely with the earth, the earth, and God’s creation, and produce our own food right here. It’s really a beautiful thing.” – Mother Cecilia
While admittedly alien to many of us living in the clown world, myself included, the desire to participate in traditional religious life is growing. Every year, the Benedictine sisters welcome over 150 women from all over the world to visit to differentiate their order entry process. Of these women, about 10 will be sworn in forever. As a result, their space is breaking up and plans are being made for another new convent to be built in southern Missouri.
It may be the case that the importance of traditional religious institutions, such as the Benedictines of Mary, will become all the more necessary as the creeds they profess become more and more reprehensible in the future. main line. The sisters are used to their unpopularity in the eyes of our conformist culture and have even target of the shooting In recent years. One can imagine this kind of hatred being used as a justification to prevent an organization from using its own bank account, as in the situation of truckers in Canada in early 2022. – even for a group of modest religious sisters.
While churches and monasteries exist as a refuge against a declining culture, their own finances are still subject to artificial inflation and the traditional financial system. The permissionless nature of bitcoin ensures that these spiritual strongholds can be immune to financial censors while simultaneously interacting with the global monetary network. As long as they choose to adopt bitcoin.
Two sisters accept bitcoin donations on Their website.
This is a post by Andy Flattery. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.