Making a Heart for God (hardcover)

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A Week Inside a Catholic Monastery

Meet the monks of GETHSEMANI ABBEY in Kentucky (Thomas Merton's home); listen to reflections on their unique lifestyle and learn to better understand the person who is called to live the monastic way. Includes a guide to monastic sites in North America that receive visitors as well as a detailed glossary. An excellent introduction to monastic spirituality and the perfect preparation for your first retreat. B & W photos.
Hardcover, 197 pages.

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Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani: Trappist, Kentucky

Located south of Bardstown, Kentucky, the Abbey of Gethsemani is the oldest Trappist monastery in America (founded from France's Melleray Abbey in 1848), and likely the most famous as well. Gethsemani's fame stems primarily from its most famous resident: monk, author, and spiritual icon Thomas Merton. Since Merton's death, Gethsemani has grown from a home for contemplative Cistercian monks into a center of inter-religious dialogue, and a place of pilgrimage for people of all faiths and none.

The monks earn their living by making cheese, fruitcake, and bourbon fudge. As is usual in monastic life, those with particular talents are encouraged to use them; thus the monastery is a home to musicians, artists, gardeners, craftsmen. Work, seen as service, is assigned by the abbot, and preference is given work favorable to prayer.

Aerial photo by Br. Paul Quenon
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Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon May 19, 2016  |  By Mary V
Very interesting book - happy that I ordered it. I've always been curious about Monasteries - and this book answers many questions. Thank you!!!
Mary V