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Brother Paul at the Abbey of Gethsemani

In 2009, I had the chance to visit the Abbey of Gethsemani, a still active Cistercian monastery in Kentucky. I was fortunate to have dinner with Brother Paul, a monk who’d been at the monastery for 52 years. He’s also a poet and a photographer, and so is a pretty fascinating man.

I recently encountered this eight-minute news piece about Brother Paul and the contemplative life. It’s rare, especially in the West, to hear from somebody who’s spent so much of his life seeking solitude and a life close to God:

3 Responses to “Brother Paul at the Abbey of Gethsemani”

  1. Julie

    It was truly an honour to meet Brother Paul and to spend an afternoon with him at Thomas Merton’s hermitage at Gethsemani.

  2. Leah

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful man!

  3. meryl

    I so enjoyed that. Thank you for posting it. Now I have a visual image that helps to see the stories you told after your visit.

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