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Thursday, May 10, 2012

The great day of THURSDAY HH delicious coffee in my favorite mug.

Feeling.......kind of  bombed out about not being able to retrieve my new photos as well as I would like too.

Thinking........while sitting on the deck with the morning sun working it's magic on my spirit how silly it is to let something so inconsequential invade my feelings of well being.
I have old photos I can get to immediately so go for it silly girl.
Thanks to Thursday when I know I will  visit Ruth and share with Meri and get off to a better start.

"There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever."

Mahatma Gandhi


I would like to share an opportunity that has just come my way that is filling me with my joy.

I was asked if I would be interested, as a nurse, to be part of a spiritual retreat for terminal patients at the beautiful Abby of Gethsemani at the end of May. 
All week-end at this beautiful place with folks who are sharing their stories with others.
Stories of struggle, faith and joy.

Several acres of sacred ground.
The Abby of Our Lady of Gethsemani.

 Just a few miles from my home.

The addition on the left was built many years ago for retreatants when it was decided to allow women to attend.

At one time only men were allowed to go to Gethsemani for retreats.

Of course no woman is ever allowed to go into the areas on the right side of the buildings.

I was permitted to  visit the inside of the Abby, however, as a visiting nurse. 

The nurses had the combination to the locked gate and went around to the back to visit our patients in the infirmary there.

 One day when I was there to visit a patient you would never guess who was spending a few days there.

The Dalai Lama
in 2008 with his entourage and the Abbot

I only got a glimpse of him from the window but just knowing he was there was exciting for me.
I have much respect for this man.
He and Thomas Merton were good friends.

The name of the retreat is called


after a small region near the Jordon River where folks are brought for healing.

May I share my favorite prayer, after The Lord's prayer, that was written by Thomas Merton and read by the late Rev. Matthew Kelly of Gethsemani.

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Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Oh...My...GOSH!!! You were THERE!
There~~where Merton wrote and wrote.
There~~with the Dalai Lama.
There~~a spot of ground where history met and changed when Merton and Thich Nhat Hanh were introduced.
I am completely in awe my friend.
I can't put it in words...mostly stammering...but you got to be THERE.


Jerralea said...

Thanks for sharing that prayer with us. I really liked it

It all comes down to trusting Him...

Meri said...

What an incredible honor -- I have a feeling that the retreat is part of your soul purpose.

Vee said...

How very interesting...

Deb Crecelius said...

The Merton perfect.
Thank you (many times over) for sharing this.

Anvilcloud said...

I think that retreat would be very special.

Deanna said...

Sweet blessings to you!

foxysue said...

Peggy, I know what you mean about getting hung up on some niggling thing to do with images, we do this, then there are times when something beautiful happens and surprises us, I try to hold on to this feeling and take it with me for an antidote to the not so successful moment.

BTW By coincidence, I'm reading a book about the Dalai Lama, first time I have ever read about him! Very up-building. x