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12 Â· NorthwaH Arkantot TIMES, WÂ»d., June 5, 1974 *AVITTlVIU.t. A R K A N S A S Sixth Century Roman Hilltop Monastery Offers Respite SUfUACO, Italy (AP) -- To get a w a y . from urban stress, there arc weekends for baking tinder tlie sun, skiing down Uie slopes or Just lounging around In the country. And to gel away from it all.'there is a sojour:i into divine monaslicism. In this 6th-ccntury. hilltop monastery 50 miles out of Rome. Bcnedirtine monks offer a ta.ste of their cenobitic living and contemplative solitude for those who have hau enough of television, telephones, cars and bright lights. You can unwind back to the Dark Ages -- to "ora et laho- Â·a." pniy a:id wÂ»rk, in that order. The riUial can tiring you a bit of what Tommaso ^loro. a monk, terms "pax." or |eace. "To Clod and peace," Tommaso Moro, Italian for Thomas Moore, says to the urbanitc. ushering him into the Monaste- ry of St. Scholastics for a trip into a life atid world as different as it Is austere, A layman can stay here up to a month, but it's up at 5 a.m.. mass three times a day. uas.la and wine atid to bed at 9 p.m. In between, as you meander through serene gardens and the apse and pillars of the chapel, the monks will^ let you think to your heart's content. There's all the lime in the world to con template Plato, memorize Kant and shindig with Gregorian chants. Father Moro. in charge of laymen's retreat into monasticism. sees an increase in the number of applicants for St. Sdiolnsliea's 15 rooms, all reserved only for men. "We gel all types," he said, "people who want to read, who want to learn or just those who are fe.d up with the world the; live in." The price: up to you. . But the Benedictine monks expect a donation of no less than 3,000 lire -- about $5 -- a day.for room and board, not in* eluding the Rome-heaven-atid- back transportation. And, as in all things (oo good, there is a catch. The monks prefer that a layman be recommended by his parish priest, although non-Catholics, even non Christians, are accepted. At St. Scholastica few things are compulsory for the searching soul, Father Moro assures, but it's expected that everyone live up to the principles of St. Benedict, who became a hermit in a Subiaco grotto before moving on to Muniecassino. between Rome and Naples, and establishing other monasteries. The order of the day is. besides praying and reading work. Benedictine monks, have set up workshops, particularly in printing, which .they introduced into Italy in/the 15th century. Or one can try one's hand at book-binding, carpentry, a day's guess at the weather observatory or looking after cows and fowls. "There is one restriction," Father Moro observed."- "You can't talk during mealtimes." Actually, as you dine communally, you listen to what is called a "lettura" -- a reading, usually passages from (he Bible but which could also be ordinary newspaper articles or an opera libretto. And to those who go back to their real world and are disappointed again, the adage is "porla palel. cor magis, the door is open but the heart more so. One can return. home entertainment buys. Sale. Save on 4-channel. component systems. Save 50 95 Reg. 369.95. Sale 319.00.8-irack play back system with 2 channel record. With AM/FMstereo matrix radio, 4 separate amplifiers, connecting cords, rnuct] rnsre.,, Reg. 44.95, Save 5.07. Koss quadraphonic headphone with washable, foam-filled volume/balance contisJ^rj each ear cup, stainless steel bands, more. Sale? 39.88 Reg. 19.9S. Save 3.13.4-channel balancer compatible with JCPenney 4-channel radio -638-1401. Sale 16.88. Save 40 95 Reg. 189.95. Sale 149.00.4-channel tuner/ampllller. Features FM stereo light, AFC switch and band selector. Four individual speaker enclosures. Includes connecting cords. Save 45 95 Save 10 95 Save 30 95 Reg. 269.S5. Sale 224.00.4 channel Â·ystem with AM/FM stereo tuner, 8 track tape deck. Reg. Â£9.95. Sal* 59.00. 8-track, 4-channel tape deck. ' Automatically senses the difference between 2 and 4-channel tapes. Reg. 149.95. Sale 119.00. Discrete 4-channel changer with built-in demodulator and semi conductor cartridge. Includes 45 adaptor, dusl cover and connecting cords. Sale. Solid State Colon' Televisions. Save 30 95 Reg. 299.95. Sale269.00. Table model TV wiih 12" screen (meas. diag.), Chroma-Loci* push-button ' color/tint control, automatic fine tuning (AFT), Quick-PicTM for faster picture and sound. Sale prices effective thru Saturday. Charge M or nk about our ttme payment plan. For other electronic equipment, Â·hop the JCPenney Catalog. Shop 9-9 Mon., Tliiir*,, Fri. 9.5:30 TueÂ»-, Wed., Saf.