Saturday, February 19, 2011

*Abbey of Gethsemani (Trappist, KY)

Images of a recent trip I took to Tom Merton's old place, The Abbey of Gethsemani.

I just heard that one of his old pals, Fr. Matthew Kelty, passed away yesterday.

Fr. Matthew was the guest chaplain for a number of years for Gethsemani retreats, and I was fortunate enough to hear him give a number of nightly talks where he included art, poetry and literature references in discussing the human endeavor and interaction with the divine. He also used to do an early morning 4am Mass. He was brief and direct saying this Mass and it would last all of 20 minutes.

Here is Fr. Matthew reciting (nearly) everyone's favorite Merton prayer (and then my pics below that...)

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