"Come and see"
February 24 - 26 was our first "kom og se" (come and see) monastic experience weekend at Munkeby. We welcomed five Norwegian men, aged 25 to 42, who responded to our invitation. It was a diverse group by age and character. We arranged simple lodging for them at a neighbor's, one kilometer down the hill. They participated in all our offices, including 4:15 vigils, and most meals. Our friend pastor Karl Gervin assisted us in transmitting Cistercian history. The young men were very open and curious to discover a monastic spiritual tradition of which they had no knowledge, and said they were pleased with our welcome. This is a way for us to be of service to the Gospel in Norway and for our contemplative life to be better known and understood.
Feb 25, 2012