The Rule is permeated with a sacramental view of the world. God is believed to be manifested in finite things and present in the world, in the human family, and in events unfolding in history. There is no marked division between the sacred and the profane, between the holy and the material. Every encounter with the physical world, with persons, and with situations can be an occasion for hearing God's voice. A sacramental view of the world avoids any understanding of the material world as secondary, unimportant, or disdainful. Benedict makes clear that the cellarer, the person in charge of the material goods of the monastery, is to regard "all the monastic utensils and goods of the monastery as if they were the sacred vessels" (RB 31:10). Similarly, he says, "Whoever fails to keep the things belonging to the monastery clean or treats them carelessly should be reproved" (RB 32:4). Anyone breaking or losing something, whether in the bakery, the kitchen, out in the fields, or in the crafts room must take responsibility for it (RB 46:1-2). This same careful attention to the goods of the monastery is present in the chapter devoted to clothing and footwear (RB 55). On the one hand, the monastics are to wear "whatever is available in the vicinity at a reasonable cost (RB 55:7)." On the other hand, clothes should be appropriate to the season and should fit properly (RB 55:1-2, 8). In a variety of ways, Benedict teaches a healthy respect for the material world because it is God's creative work.
Students who have received their 2016-2017 texts through the Capital Region BOCES, below is the dates, times and locations to turn in your textbooks. NON-PUBLIC TEXTBOOK RETURN SCHEDULE 2017 * indicates two pick up dates for that district Date District Times Location Friday, 6/23 Guilderland Voorheesville 11:00am-5:30pm 11:00am-5:30pm Farnsworth Middle School Lobby High School Front Foyer Monday, 6/26 Shenendehowa Scotia-Glenville Waterford-Halfmoon 12:00pm-6:00pm 10:30am-5:00pm 11:00am-5:00pm District Office Lobby District Office Lobby Bus Garage Tuesday, 6/27 Bethlehem* Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Cohoes Schalmont 12:00pm-6:00pm 11:00am-5:30pm 11:00am-5:00pm 11:00am-5:30pm Middle School (new wing foyer) Administration Building (Hostetter Building) Middle School Conference Room District Office Conference Room Wednesday, 6/28 North Colonie* Albany Duanesburg Berne-Knox-Westerlo 11:30am-6:00pm 12:00pm-6:00pm 11:30am-5:30pm 10:00am-2:00pm Goodrich School Gymnasium Myers Middle School Lobby Duanesburg Elementary School Lobby High School Cafeteria Thursday, 6/29 Schenectady* Ballston Spa Galway Schoharie 12:00pm-6:00pm 11:30am-5:30pm 10:00am-4:00pm 12:00pm-5:00pm Mount Pleasant Middle School Warehouse Section High School Cafeteria High School Main Lobby High School Lobby Friday, 6/30 Saratoga* Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Mechanicville 11:00am-5:00pm 9:00am-3:00pm 9:30am-3:00pm Transportation Department High School Lobby High School Gym Foyer Monday, 7/3 Niskayuna Mohonasen Cobleskill-Richmondville 11:00am-5:30pm 11:00am-5:30pm 10:00am-4:00pm High School Front Lobby District Office Conference Room Ryder Elementary School Lobby Wednesday, 7/5 Shenendehowa* Albany Watervliet 11:00am-5:30pm 10:30am-5:00pm 11:00am-5:00pm […]