MomGoth Visits A Monkery #ThursdayDoors

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My church had a field trip to the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Benedictine monastery in Kentucky. Gethsemani is where Thomas Merton was centered. If you don’t know who Thomas Merton was, you can read about him on the Gethsemani web site, (which cracks me up). If you’d rather read about the fudge, go to the Gethsemani Farms site. Jane gave me some of their Bourbon fudge and I’m telling you what — that’s some good fudge, right there!

So we went. It looked very pretty, peeking through the trees.

GethsemaniThe door was maybe not so welcoming. I think it said, “No gurlz alowd,” or something.

GethsemaniDoorThey had other doors that females could enter, so we went in them.

Here’s the interior of one of the chapels.

GethsemaniInteriorBenedictines make Shakers look Dionysian.

Across from the guest house door was this gate to a beautiful garden.

Guess who's not allowed in.
Guess who’s not allowed in.

This was outside the guest house door.

Probably not Han Solo.
Probably not Han Solo.

This is made of ceramic. The big rectangle says, Let All Guests That Come Be Received Like Christ — Rule of St. Benedict.

Unless you’re a woman, of course.

Hey, I’m just sayin’.

It was, nevertheless, a lovely visit, and a fine time was had by all.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character goes where their gender is less than totally welcome.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “MomGoth Visits A Monkery #ThursdayDoors

  1. Dan

    January 7, 2016 at 7:15am

    At some point, I want to get pictures of the doors at a local convent. Shoe on the other foot as it were. The chapel is a stark place, I love your comment about the Shakers.

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      Marian Allen

      January 7, 2016 at 7:58am

      Yeah! We’ll start our own movement! “If you peeps are so holy, how come you can’t … er … cohabit, as it were? If college kids can have coed dorms, why can’t holy peeps? Eh? Eh?” hee hee hee

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  2. Norm 2.0

    January 7, 2016 at 8:50am

    Nice doors Marian, glad you enjoyed the visit there.

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  3. Jane

    January 7, 2016 at 8:54am

    Holy Moly!

    Nice tour. Definitely appropriate for Thursday Doors, since that’s all you were allowed to see of A LOT of the place. You know what that old gasbag said about walls: walls make good neighbors. Yeck. (With me, it took cash to make a good neighbor, but I feel like it was cheap for the price; they smile at me and wave now.)

    I like NCIS’ treatment of women’s and men’s rooms: They just use’em as another conference area. πŸ˜‰

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      Marian Allen

      January 7, 2016 at 10:57am

      Frost. He didn’t mean it, though; he was being sarcastic or ironic or one o’ them things. And, yeah, cash’ll do it every time. πŸ˜‰

      NCIS — ha! yep, they do. lol Speaking of NCIS, I just heard that Michael Weatherly is leaving at the end of this season! What will I do? How will I survive without my weekly fix of Very Special Agent Tony DiNozzo? πŸ™

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      • Jane

        January 8, 2016 at 8:26am

        Yes. Poor DiNozzo. I think he’s looked uncomfortable on the show since a teenager replaced Ziva. Tony needs his own team, and since Gibbs won’t give his up, he’s gonna have to go elsewhere.

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  4. Holly Jahangiri

    January 7, 2016 at 9:03am

    OK, I’m glad you captioned it first, because I was all like “WHAT IS HAN SOLO DOING HANGING ON THE MONASTERY WALL?” (Hey, I thought maybe they just had an awesome sense of humor, not that they really were in league with the Bounty Hunters.)

    As for “No Gurlz,” you wouldn’t want a bunch of guys ogling you while you toiled – possibly without your robes – in the garden. Ugh. Gurlz. We all know God only put us on this earth to tempt and torment men. Because…why not, right? Wasn’t God into messing with men’s heads like ALL the TIME? Poor, long-suffering boyz.

    Except they can’t do without us. There is no way into the world but through a mother. Muahahahaha. Must be really annoying to have to admit that.

    All kidding aside, it does look like a lovely, peaceful place. (And that one door probably just led to the locker rooms.)

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      Marian Allen

      January 7, 2016 at 10:59am

      It was beautiful, and the liaison was very funny and kind. We saw Thomas Merton’s grave, and all the Buddhist flags The Dalai Lama puts there when he visits. They were homies, you know.

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  5. jan

    January 7, 2016 at 7:59pm

    Bourbon fudge sounds yummy! I’ll have to check it out.

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  6. Prathamesh Deshmukh

    January 9, 2016 at 9:54am

    Imagine rodents and the like breaking into the ‘Gods Alone’ section. I can almost hear their cackles.

    Not-Han Solo, though!

    ”The Buddhist flags The Dalai Lama puts there when he visits”. That breaks my heart. Dalai Lama coming to meet his dead homie.

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      Marian Allen

      January 9, 2016 at 10:08am

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Yeah, GIRL rodents and the like! ha!

      Thomas Merton died on the way to visit The Dalai Lama, which is even sadder.

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  7. Alana

    January 16, 2016 at 4:11pm

    Oh, my gosh. “Not Han Solo” You made my week. I am going to include you in my Bloggers Roundup tomorrow.

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