David and his monks
David was the leader of a group of men who dedicated themselves to serving Jesus. They were all monks and lived in a monastery. David built twelve monasteries, but his most famous was the one where he settled - at a place called Vallis Rosina on the rugged coast of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. This monastery no longer exists. Instead, in its place lies the beautiful cathedral of St. Davids.
David and his monks followed a very strict Rule. They were so disciplined they were known as ascetic people.
Davidís rules were far stricter than those in most monasteries. He was a hard master who expected total devotion to God. Like all monks at the time, they provided food for the sick and needy, growing crops in their fields and harvesting them themselves. However, David would not allow his monks to use oxen to plough, they had to attach the yoke to their bodies. David led by example and also pulled the plough himself.
David spent many hours up to his neck in water, teaching himself self discipline. Because of this he was given the nickname "Aquaticus," meaning Waterman.
The monks ate just enough to give them energy to work. Their diet consisted of bread, herbs and water. Fish was a treat given to the sick , elderly and guests.
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