The austere, plain chamber in which the monk lived reflected the strict nature of his holy vows. In his bare dwelling, the monk practiced the austere and stern disciplines of prayer, fasting, and chant. When visitors came to him for help his expression of welcome was in no way severe or austere, but rather warm and welcoming to all those in need who crossed his threshold.
Quiz: What does it mean when something is austere?
- It is solitary and sets itself apart from other things.
- It is simple and without luxury, possibly too severe.
- It is devoted to religious practices and ritual.