Why do we need monks?

Why do we need monks?

I would be remiss if I didn’t admit having asked myself this question.  Why do we need them?

For me, personally, I enjoy the benefits of their presence regularly, providing my family and me with the Sacraments, being outstanding friends and mentors, and so much more.    

Since 1857 these men have been educators and Pastors, but more importantly they have supported us.  Every day they lift our needs to God.  They strive to hold our world together through their constant, vigilant prayer.

Do we need them? 
I say unequivocally, “yes.”

Now more than ever.

-J.D. Benning
Editor, Kansas Monks, BC ’08