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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Prayer & Bourbon: Spirituality Kentucky-Style

"Fortunately I had some bourbon in the hermitage" 
- Thomas Merton (August 2, 1967 journal entry)

Yesterday we visited the Abbey of Gethsemani & Makers Mark distillery, and in the process managed to combine two things for which Kentucky is known - prayer and bourbon. I'm neck-deep in research on my Cyril of Alexandria book right now, and so haven't had much opportunity to write on here recently. So I thought I'd share a few pictures from our trip.

My 4-year-old and 7-year-old waiting to pray the office of Sext with the monks:



On a hike on the grounds of the Abbey of Gethsemani:


The all-important Kentucky Bourbon Trail passport:


Bourbon barrels as far as the eye can see: