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“It’s taken me a lifetime to get here and I don’t live that far,” she said as we were walking toward the monastery, just before we passed the sign that says, “Silence beyond this point.”
I was on the way back from someplace else when I had taken a slight detour so I could stop, just in time for the 2:15 p.m. prayer time (referred to by Cistercian monks as None) at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist. She was stately looking, walking with an heir of relaxed formality, even though she was wearing khakis, a simple green pullover and sneakers.
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