This past weekend I was fortunate enough to spend time at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale, Colorado. The Abbey is home to 22 Benedictine Nuns who not only offer their beautiful grounds to those seeking solitude, but also run a full working farm–including over 100 head of grass fed cattle.
The nuns spend their days in prayer, woodworking, farming, hospitality, jewelry/rosary making and tending to those in need. They are peaceful. They are happy. Truly happy. It was a blessing to spend time with them….their simplicity and gracious spirituality were contagious.
Needless to say…..
I didn’t want to leave.
So I offer you this high note for today: the next time the media pushes a frightful image of a Catholic nun with a ruler in her hand, please remember these beautiful images of gentleness….
…and peacefulness at the Abbey.