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:

1 comment:

  1. Hello Professor Hills -

    Thanks for this wonderful post. Prayer and Bourbon - a holy combination. Really nice pictures. I make yearly retreats to St. Joseph's "trappist" Abbey in Mass. I would love to visit the abbey in Kentucky sometime.

    God bless you and yours !

    Deacon Brian Murphy
    Bloomfield, NJ