Soliloquy in an International Cloister

Watch your step as Brother Lawrence takes you inside the monastery walls of a five hundred year-old international order. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wish you had ignored your hormones and joined the monastery.

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Location: Rome, Italy

20 December 2006

Frater Firewall

I'm back in the old cloister for a few weeks, completing the training of my replacement since I was not able to do so before my departure for Rome.

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, this cloister was recently made into a training center for brother wannabe's. To my chagrin, most of them are really nice fellows. Sure, they're a little overly pious, but life will eventually take care of that.

Their director (in the old days, he would have been called their "Master", but we are trying to impress people with our egalitarianism) takes his role quite seriously. One of the things he requested as we were getting the house prepared to accept the new students was an Internet filter to prevent them from entertaining themselves at certain types of sites--those having to do with porn, gambling, donkey races or Lutherans, for instance. I agreed (knowing, of course, that if I set it up, I would also know the way to get around it). After several delays, it was finally activated five months after I ordered it, when I was already in Rome. The next day, I began to get frantic e-mails from half of the brothers because they were unable to access their blogs or certain, very innocent websites. The tech was called back, and soon things were working better.

It appears that the first tech had misread the instructions, and had turned on all the filters except those for porn, gambling, usenet and lingerie sites. The second tech reversed the settings. My question is: why weren't the other half of the brothers complaining?


Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

And MY question is: Do you believe the first tech really misunderstood the instructions?

20 December, 2006 07:41  
Blogger Christina_the_wench said...

Even pious men need 'love' too.

20 December, 2006 14:36  
Blogger Open Grove Claudia said...

Come on BroLo - you know why they weren't complaining.... At least you won't have to rectify those bills!


20 December, 2006 16:07  
Blogger BroLo said...

HISF: Good point. Although he did seem rather stupid.

Christina: Yes, everyone needs a helping hand now and then.

OGC: It was a rhetorical question. Lunch? Not today! How's next week?

20 December, 2006 16:34  
Blogger Open Grove Claudia said...

Email me - next week is great!

20 December, 2006 23:17  
Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Happy Christmas, Brother Lawrence!

I wish you a year of true blessings and more than a little snarkiness to share.

24 December, 2006 08:49  
Blogger Moobs said...

Hopefully, by the time Chelsea draw Roma in the Champions League you will be back to international jetset mode.

28 December, 2006 14:06  
Anonymous pog said...

Are the other half complaining now?
Happy 2007 to you, my favourite monk ...

04 January, 2007 18:33  

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