Lessons from a Monastery: Now that we are in the new gothic church we are currently in the process of dismantling our former church. For monks who profess a vow of stability, we consider the passing of an era in the life of a monastery from the viewpoint of eternity or at least try to if at all possible for a human. Our elder monks have witnessed moving from worshiping and praying in the upper room of the old Stanford mansion to the church structure that is currently being torn down. Today, we witness the demolition of a church that monks have been praying in for over 50 years. In the midst of these significant changes, we experience a deep sense of gratitude for our monastic predecessors as well as a sense of hopeful longing that only God fulfills. As monks who follow the Rule of Saint Benedict, we keep in the forefront of our consciousness the very question that is asked upon each monk's entrance, "What are you seeking?" Each generation of monks answers that call as generously as he can and by God's grace each monk lives it out in fidelity and trust.