Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Road Trip April 2017

Our 1st stop was to Paducah, Kentucky. 
This is AQS's annual Quilt Show.
I have been going to this show for the past 25 years or more.
 It is an amazing display of beautiful quilts made by some very talented women. 
Here are a few of the ones I saw.

After spending the night in Paducah, Ky.
we got up early and
drove to Louisville, Ky. to visit the
Thomas Merton Center.

Bob has been reading several of Thomas Merton's
books the past few months, 
so I think we picked the perfect time to visit. 
I had read his "Seven Story Mountain" book
a few years ago but had forgotten
a lot of what I knew about him.

 These are some of his books. 
I am not sure...but I think when he died
all of his belongings were donated
to The Center, and they have displayed it very  nicely.

A short summary about Thomas Merton below from Wikipedia.

Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Catholic writer, theologian and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis.
Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice and a quiet pacifism, as well as scores of essays and reviews. Among Merton's most enduring works is his bestselling autobiography The Seven Storey Mountain (1948), which sent scores of World War II veterans, students, and even teenagers flocking to monasteries across the US, and was also featured in National Review's list of the 100 best non-fiction books of the century. Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. He pioneered dialogue with prominent Asian spiritual figures, including the Dalai Lama, the Japanese writer D.T. Suzuki, the Thai Buddhist monk Buddhadasa, and the Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh, and authored books on Zen Buddhism and Taoism. In the years since his death, Merton has been the subject of several biographies.

The next day we visited The Abbey of Gethsemani where Thomas Merton lived and is buried.

The Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani is a monastery near Bardstown, Kentucky, in Nelson County, a part of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Ordo Cisterciensis Strictioris Observantiae), better known as the Trappists. Founded on 21 December 1848 and raised to an abbey in 1851, Gethsemani is considered to be the motherhouse of all Trappist and Trappistine monasteries in the United States of America. Gethsemani is the oldest monastery in the United States that is still operating.
Following the Rule of Saint Benedict, the Trappist monks live a contemplative life of faithful prayer and work. The monastery is situated on a working farm of 2,000 acres (810 ha). The monks support themselves and the abbey through its store, Gethsemani Farms, offering handmade Trappist cheeses, fruitcake, and bourbon fudge (both onsite and by mail order).
Gethsemani was the home of Trappist monk, social activist and author Thomas Merton from 1941 until his death in 1968.

This is a very quiet and peaceful place.
  They have retreats there
and hopefully we will attend one someday.

Our final stop was Ferdinand, Indiana. We toured the Monastery of Immaculate Conception.  I call it "The Dome".  I have stayed there twice on retreats, but Bob had not been inside.  It is one of the most elegantly designed churches I have visited.  The sisters are so kind and friendly.  I am planning a retreat in August for 4 days.

Our last night was at St Meinrad not far from The Dome. 
We have both stayed there on a retreat and a couple of times just for a overnight.      


The Bug said...

Boy, those are some gorgeous quilts! And your Merton tour looks lovely too. I'm glad you got to take this trip!

Winifred said...

It's lovely to see you back! Hope you are all well. That was a great trip, those quilts are fantastic. Thanks for posting them.

RWV said...

Beautiful photos of the quilts. Great artistry.

sandy said...

hope you post again - great seeing your blog - it's been so long . I imagine the girls are growing up quite a bit. glad u visited.

sandy said...

Wow sounds like a nice trip - love all the quilts. I read one of Merton's books years ago can't even remember the title now but I remember I enjoyed it.

sandy said...

Love all the quilts - one looks like a familiar place I saw this last year when I took a ferry to Vashon Island, Washington. i sure miss your posts. I imagine the granddaughters are really growing up.

Geraldine said...

Quilts can be works of art, these definitely are! So beautiful.

Winifred said...

Hope you are all well, just wondering what you are up to now.

I have started a quilting course but will never manage to do anything like those ones you photographed.

God bless

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