Into the Woods


Day 17

Wedneday, April 22, 2015

The Abbey of Gethsemani

One of the many gifts that one enjoys while on retreat are the lovely grounds that surround the monastery. Gethsemani owns 2,400 areas of land.  There are several lakes on their property. Certain areas are restricted where only the monks are allowed to go but for the most part, guests are encouraged to walk the grounds and enjoy Gold’s awesome creation.

Fr. Seamus placed this quote by St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the Retreat House bulletin board:  “You will discover things in the woods that you never found in books.  Stones and trees will teach you things that you never heard from your schoolteachers.”

Into the woods I go!

I count it all joy,

Pastor Vallerie

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