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Abbey of Gethsemani; Rest for the Soul

“The mysticism of everyday life is the deepest mysticism of all.” —Jurgen Moltmann

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Wednesday a few girlfriends and I journeyed out past Bardstown KY to the Abbey of Gethsemani. I can’t believe I have lived in Louisville area for so much of my life and never been out to the Abbey.

Last year I read The Sacred Year by Michael Yankoski and started to really begin a more contemplative way of life. This past year for Christmas I received a book from my parents that I had been wanting to read for awhile. Seven Sacred Pauses by Macrina Wiederkehr explores the art of living mindfully in the Liturgy of the Hours. I’ve been enamored with the devotion and sacrifice monks everywhere give so sacrificially out of love for the Lord our Creator. The chance to go and share in the silence of their day, the beauty of the world we both walk in, and chase after the same Father God, amazing.

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If you live close it’s totally a day trip that you want to take. We spent the morning wandering the grounds, had our separate time to reflect, meditate, yoga on the upper hill and then pray up our time with the Liturgy at 12:15 with the monks. Amazing.

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Learn the art of holy waiting.

Make an effort to turn your everyday moments of waiting into sacred vigils.

IMG_6620 “I arise at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” —-Kahlil Gibran

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Take a little breathing spell for the soul.

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“But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.” Psalms 131:2

 

 

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