When I asked my husband about the possibility, he was very supportive in spite of the fact he'd be on his own for a week. I am married to a prince. (The separation from him will be the most difficult part for me. The older I get, the harder it is.) I'll try not to babble on and on about this, and in the coming days I'll be preparing my heart for this experience. I don't want to waste a minute of this privilege.
The Abbey of Gethsemani is a school of the Lord's service, a training ground for brotherly love. Following Christ under a rule and an abbot, the Trappist monks lead lives of prayer, work, and sacred reading, steeped in the heart and mystery of the Church. The Abbey is a monastery in the Order of the Cistercians of the Strict Observance (OCSO), part of the body of the Roman Catholic Church.
Circumstances that seemed barriers to this experience were removed. There are minimal scheduling adjustments. I am SO grateful.
God said to Israel: "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." (Isaiah 42:16)