October 25, 2007
Off to the monastery
I've gone in search of sheep, real life sheep, to throw at my facebook friends. I'm tired of cheap imitations.
Tomorrow I will return for a four-day retreat at my favourite Benedictine monastery, a working sheep farm that includes two big barns, many hillside pastures, several guesthouses, and a chapel. I am looking forward to hiking through the woods, walking through the sheep pastures, and wandering through the barnyard. I'll go to services in the octagonal chapel, sitting in the same wooden pew I always choose, listening while Brother Tractor plays the harp and the other monks chant psalms. I'll climb the stone staircase into the crypt to light candles, to sit cross-legged on the stone floor and pray. I am looking forward to the quiet and peace that always comes with a trip to the monastery.
Posted by jo(e)