1. To shut away from the world in or as if in a cloister; seclude.
2. To furnish (a building) with a cloister.
I attended the Open House of the Monastery on Wednesday.
Thursday the Poor Sisters of St. Clare will be cloistered.
I was curious.
I went alone. I'm glad I did.
Scenes of St. Andrews Church and the Monastery here
in no particular order and with little explanation...
The Brothers of St. Joseph have worked diligently to prepare
the grounds and rooms for the Poor Sisters.
Privacy fences surround the newly cloistered monastery. Back (above) and Front (below).
I was struck by the basic simplicity of it all...
|"The more you honor me, the more will I bless you"|
I recognize that my faith journey and "tradition" (past and present)
is significantly different than the one I observed here.
But my heart is bent toward the simplicity, the joy,
the yearning, and the love and Lordship of Jesus Christ that MUST be the compelling force
behind one's decision to embrace the lifestyle of the Poor Sisters.
I live today inspired and encouraged to live a simple, examined life of
joyful obedience here on State Road 37 in Harlan, IN.