Saturday, April 05, 2008
Picture quiz time!
1) What event from the Gospels is depicted here?
2) Why does everyone look so darn grumpy about it?
I took the picture yesterday at St. Andrew's Abbey in Antelope Valley, California, a great place to visit in spite of strange 1970's art. It's nestled under some hills in the desert near Palmdale and Lancaster. There are about 23 Benedictines there, along with a retreat center, a big ol' bookstore I could just live in, funky ceramics, a Stations of the Cross that really makes you climb to get to the 12th station, and a nice big dining room where the monks share their vegetarian lunch with all comers. They served the first course themselves to us and the other guests. I felt sort of humble as a gray-haired monk in his black hooded habit set a bowl of soup in front of me-- "Shouldn't I be serving you?"