June 9, 2012. (Romereports.com)
The monastic life is one of silence and prayer. Many convents are characterized by the products made by religious and then sold to visitors, however this method of bringing in extra income is changing.
Many of these religious are now selling these goods beyond their front doors, through online stores where people can browse among the handmade goods.
In the US, the state of Virginia is home to the Holy Cross Abbey. The
Cistercian monks who live there have their own online store that sells
pastries of fruit, honey and chocolate.
The Abbey of Le Barroux in southern France, also sells much more
delicate handicrafts. These Benedictine nuns make nougats, marzipan,
wine and oil with natural products.
Many of these communities have joined together to give more choices to
the customer. For example, the webpage Monastery Greetings sells
products from monasteries, abbeys and monasteries of Spain, Norway, the
United States, France, Germany or Austria. Among its products are
coffee, jams, candy, chocolate and even artisan brewed beer.
This Spanish website DeClausura.com sells goods made by nuns from 31
different monasteries in Spain. Now from these donuts, cheeses, spirits,
wines and 15 types of jam are only a click away.
Also these nuns from the Religious Institute in Spain “Iesu Communio”
launched their online store last month that sells truffles, cakes, and
These “digital monasteries” don't sell only food. Many of them also have
music records, soaps, clothes, perfumes, books and documentaries for
sale. And they also offer free prayers for their clients and visitors
that decide not to buy anything. It's a way of living a cloistered life
in the age of 'dot coms'.