Monday, June 26, 2017

peace and beauty

We took a little trip to a monastery open house.

They make beer there. We toured the plant - so much shiny stainless steel!

But, the grounds.

They have a very large property, and the whole feeling is one of peace. And beauty.

Every tree, every thing, seems just where it ought to be and it's all perfection.

How do they do that? 

I recently felt like going through all the Brother Cadfael mysteries again, and just finished "A Morbid Taste for Bones". I could picture him here.

This is where they have chapter.  I want my house to look like this. 

Nearby is the chapel and we went in. A small, dark area, someone playing the organ. Just four or five pews, not more than fifteen feet long. I sat in the back one - near the blue blue windows, looking out on the green green summer day.

Everything about the place was just sublime to me.

The Lord said to Abram, Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father's house to a land that I will show you. 
                                                           -  Genesis 12:1

We're in the middle of a cyclone, said the old monk as I watched him and most of the community at dusk, as sheet upon sheet of rain marched toward the refectory windows...All became heavy and still. Lightning took out the monastery phones. (A blessing, said one monk. Peace at last.)

                                                                 -  Dakota,  Kathleen Norris


  1. What a 'heavenly' place! I really like visiting monasteries and priories they are so ordered and peaceful.
    You like the Cadfael books too! They are a comfort read for me. When Richard and I got married we found we had both got all the books that had been written in the series so far (that was in 1994)

  2. Ordered and peaceful - yes! The order is definitely part of it. That's exactly how I feel, Clare.
    I love Brother Cadfael!! I've read them all more than once and felt the desire to start again. I own them all. She had such a way of description, and Cadfael has such a love of his fellow man.

  3. I'm a Cadfael fan too! I have the books and the movies. I think I'll start them again too. ♡

    1. Ah - they're coming out of the woodwork! :)