Thursday, May 25, 2006

Going to the Abbey

I am going to the Abbey of Gethsemane tomorrow and be there for 3 days. I am looking forward to going. I need the time away.

It has been a "too busy" week here. Several funerals, a memorial service, deaths, and terrible grief. You get the picture. No time for blogging. Say a prayer for me.


At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a quiet (very mini) sabbatical at the Abbey (Merton`s house). Time for praying,sleeping, eating, and drinking that good ol` monk coffee.

Breaking news from the Vatican:

Pope Benedict contracted the bird flu. He`s been hanging around the Cardinals to long!

Anthony Palevo

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello my name is Rich and I have just started to read Merton's "No Man is an Island." The profundity of this work is evident although I have only read 30 pages. I just recently graduated from college with a BA in Religion and Philosophy with a broad range of theological interests. I will be earning a Masters in theology this fall. However, in the haze of academic discourse, I think that I have lost some of my existential and spiritual foundation. Thus, I'm trying on Merton for a while. In addition, I have been thinking about taking a retreat somewhere (perhaps Gethsemani) and was going to ask about the procedure to schedule a retreat there and your experience. Its funny that you mention your Baptist background in finding Merton. I can relate because my Lutheran heritage does not exactly foster a monastic attitude. We all know that Luther's thoughts about the church, access to grace, and other redpemtive issues tend to conflict with the monastic tradition.

Anyway, if you have any thoughts please email me at Thanks!

Richard McNeal

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Draw near to Me and I will draw near to you." anon


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