He spoke about how the present world effects the monastic daily life in different ways with the new instant communication. The rapid changes in the society leads many to anxiety about the future:
- These issues are not going to go away. Change is here to stay… This is not an environment conducive to solitude and silence, though it may be very much in need of both.
Many communities have done much in learning how to dialogue and work together, and have acquired skills which have improved the quality of their lives as community. But this is not enough, the abbot general said: