Seeds of some sort arranged to form this word - JOY - greeted me
almost immediately upon arrival,,,
harbingers of what was to come.
Times of rest, reading (LOTS of reading), and refreshment of body and soul.
Simple, clean and comfortable sleeping quarters,
trails for walking,
sensible, nourishing meals,
ALWAYS cheese - the monks make it there...
and views sublime, everywhere the eye turns.
Ne'er a word - from arriving on Monday till leaving Friday morning.
except for the hours of prayer in the beautiful church
that carried the chants of the psalms and hymns...
(no picture taken there),
I returned home with two heart-shaped rocks I found while hiking and three "JOY SEEDS".
My intention is to write the letters J-O-Y on them to remind me of the blessings of this past week
at the Abbey of Gethsemani, New Haven, Kentucky.