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  • Retreat

    Last week, I spent four days on retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, KY. The monks host what they describe as “silent, unstructured, and undirected” retreats so participants can listen and hear the voice of God in an attitude of prayer. Retreatants are asked to speak only in designated areas. Most areas are silent. They have wonderful signs that read, “Silence spoken here.”

    In the main dining room, retreatants eat in silence. The dining room has a wall of windows looking out on one of the gardens that perhaps would be better described as a green space since it has a wild feeling and is not meticulously manicured. At this time of year, black-eyed Susans and daylilies add splashes of color. Birds take turns visiting the feeders. Sitting inside, one can still hear the bird songs. The entire area sits in the shade of tall, majestic trees.

    During my time at Gethsemani, I intentionally unplugged from technology. I did not take my lap top. There was no TV or radio in the retreat guest house. Even though I had my phone, it also was silent.

    The monks worship seven times a day beginning with vigils at

    3:15 a.m. and ending with compline at 7:30 p.m. I did not start my day until Lauds at 5:45 a.m. The prayer services are contemplative. The monks chant the Psalms which mirrors the slow, steady rhythm of life in the monastery. My favorite part of the prayer services is at the end of compline when everyone goes forward and the abbot sprinkles water on each person to remind us of our baptism.

    Everyone is welcome at Gethsemani. The monastery is so popular that reservations are made four months in advance. A person can only attend one weekday retreat or two weekend retreats in a calendar year. To learn more about the monastery, see www.monks.org.

    Brother Christian, in one of his brief daily lectures to the retreatants, reminded us that we all are people of prayer. When we spend time resting in the peace of Christ we become more receptive to God’s grace. We will be changed over time in ways we don’t expect. Don’t you wonder how our lives as individuals and a faith community would be different if all of us nurtured ourselves with daily spiritual reading and prayer? Why don’t we give it a try?

    Peace,

    Lee

    Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

  • Retreat

    Last week, I spent four days on retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, KY. The monks host what they describe as “silent, unstructured, and undirected” retreats so participants can listen and hear the voice of God in an attitude of prayer. Retreatants are asked to speak only in designated areas. Most areas are… Read more

  • Retreat

    Last week, I spent four days on retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Bardstown, KY. The monks host what they describe as “silent, unstructured, and undirected” retreats so participants can listen and hear the voice of God in an attitude of prayer. Retreatants are asked to speak only in designated areas. Most areas are… Read more

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