I am assuming that “Ora et Labora” is still guiding monasteries/abbeys today. Or has it changed with the modern age?
My question is more about the the labor. In olden days it was documents copying, farm work, cloth production. Today, almost everything are processed in factories and in many places farm work may not offer much profit (I’m not sure though if what it does offer will support the needs of a modern monastery). So what are the most common “Labora” for modern monasteries/abbeys? I know of some abbeys which operate educational institutions.
Finally, is it possible to operate a monastery to focus on software programming or even deep engineering work as processor design? Is this being done already? The disciplines of prayer/contemplation and this type of work seems very much compatible. Unless, I’m unaware of barriers that would prevent this.
I’d like to imagine computer video cards, air conditioning control systems, air traffic control systems, mobile phones, GPS, etc. whose microprocessor, circuit boards and software are designed by monks. One barrier I can think of: design tools (mostly software) might be too expensive.