Visit to an Abby

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Visit to an Abby

Post by Roadmaster » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:59 pm

Mrs. R and I took our wedding car to Rockbridge, MO and had a great meal at the mill there. On the way back we stopped at the Abby like we always do. It’s one of the most peaceful places on earth. We generally look around but usually don’t see anyone there. This time we met Father Thomas Hugats who was there on retreat. He was one of the kindest most gentile spirited persons I have ever met. Mrs. R asked him a question that she up to this point was unable to find the answer. Father H took us to the library and found her answer. He than asked us if we would want to sit in on a service and we agreed. The monks were praying the Psalms of David. It was one of the most beautiful experiences ever. I felt closer to God that I had in a Long time. He got Father H’s email and plan to stay in touch.
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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by hugodrax » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:11 pm

Wonderful, RM. I've always wanted to visit a Trappist Abbey. I'm glad you told us.
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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by Roadmaster » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:38 pm

I forgot to mention they make fruit cakes to support themselves. We had a slice and they are actually quite good.

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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by Roadmaster » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:39 pm

hugodrax wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:11 pm
Wonderful, RM. I've always wanted to visit a Trappist Abbey. I'm glad you told us.
Maybe you will visit THIS one someday.

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Post by JimVH » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:59 pm

Thanks for sharing that, RM.

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Post by CodeMonkey » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:25 pm

Good story thanks for sharing. It's good to hear about peaceful places in this world of chaos.
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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by Del » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:21 pm

I am jealous.

My next trip to the Ozark will be a pilgrimage to visit this abbey.

There are abbeys in Wisconsin. But they aren't in the Ozarks.

And we will be sure to let Mr. & Mrs. Roadmaster know that we are coming. Perhaps to enjoy a bonfire at the Tick Farm.
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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by DepartedLight » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:52 pm

Fantastic.
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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by Roadmaster » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:08 am

If any of you cats visit the Abby and don't also visit the tick farm I will be crushed.

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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by hugodrax » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:31 am

Roadmaster wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:08 am
If any of you cats visit the Abby and don't also visit the tick farm I will be crushed.
Ok, we need a group pilgrimage.
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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by FredS » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:44 am

hugodrax wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:31 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:08 am
If any of you cats visit the Abby and don't also visit the tick farm I will be crushed.
Ok, we need a group pilgrimage.
Oh yeah. I'm sure the brothers at Assumption would love that. :chili:

Might I suggest a visit there by yourself sometime Chris? Go on a Friday night and spend the night in their guest center. Then follow their schedule all day Saturday. Join them in their Daily Office. Those guys are hard core - up at 3:30a for vigils. Stay Saturday night if you can swing it and leave after Mass Sunday morning. It takes a while to get in the rhythm of the place and I honestly don't think you can do it if you whiz in and out in a single day. All your time will be spent trying to forget what you left at home and planning all the stuff you have to do when you go back. Of course, being a man of leisure, you could just as easily do a retreat during the week when you'd likely be the only guest there and you could really find some solitude and silence. The Abbey has a nice pamphlet on their website to help retreatants.
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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by sweetandsour » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:07 pm

Great, RM, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Visit to an Abby

Post by DepartedLight » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:34 pm

FredS wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:44 am
hugodrax wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:31 am
Roadmaster wrote:
Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:08 am
If any of you cats visit the Abby and don't also visit the tick farm I will be crushed.
Ok, we need a group pilgrimage.
Oh yeah. I'm sure the brothers at Assumption would love that. :chili:

Might I suggest a visit there by yourself sometime Chris? Go on a Friday night and spend the night in their guest center. Then follow their schedule all day Saturday. Join them in their Daily Office. Those guys are hard core - up at 3:30a for vigils. Stay Saturday night if you can swing it and leave after Mass Sunday morning. It takes a while to get in the rhythm of the place and I honestly don't think you can do it if you whiz in and out in a single day. All your time will be spent trying to forget what you left at home and planning all the stuff you have to do when you go back. Of course, being a man of leisure, you could just as easily do a retreat during the week when you'd likely be the only guest there and you could really find some solitude and silence. The Abbey has a nice pamphlet on their website to help retreatants.
Dang, FredS. You make the strict spiritual observant cloistered life sound hard.

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