Not being Catholic, I never aspired to be a nun. But, watching a segment on Religion and Ethics Newsweekly about St. Mary’s Abbey in Ireland made me long to spend a few days there. In the words of the abbess, Mother Marie Fahy, the abbey is:
a place where God is loved and worshiped, and it’s a place where we pray for humanity. We’re conscious of interceding before God for people, and it’s a place of conversion, where we constantly try to become who we are meant to be as fully human persons and overcome the demons and the less positive aspects of our life.
Mormon temples offer moments of silent contemplation, as do Buddhist temples. But, wouldn’t it be wonderful to enjoy two days of silence at the “monastic experience weekend” offered at St. Mary’s several times a year?