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Every time I hear someone translate “Ora et labora” as “Work and pray,” I want to do a Homer-on-Bart stranglehold. Because contrary to the Google search result numbers on this quote (!), prayer is always first, and modern Western “Christianity” has gotten it 180 degrees wrong. “Ora” means “pray,” and “labora” means “work.” Hence, “Ora et labora” means “Pray and work.” Which showcases how the Western/Occidental/Latin/Anglo/Celt/Gallic/Iberian/Germanic Church used to be, as exemplified by Holy Father Benedict of Nursia, best known of the Western Orthodox monastics! No wonder why some want Latin to stay dead in the mind of the average Catholic, right?

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