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Silence at Gethsemani: Oxygen for the Soul

The world is awakening in rural Kentucky, and I feel honored to watch. Especially in this place. As they have for more than a century and a half, the bells of the Abbey of Gethsemani rang bright and early. As

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Delighting in my “Classroom of Silence”

A little bit of interesting trivia: There could be a sign on a bed at the White House that reads “Mike Eisenbath slept here.” No, not that White House. I’m talking about the Jesuit retreat center in St. Louis, Mo.

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Overwhelmed By Powerful Love

Normally, it doesn’t take much to move me to tears. I come by that emotion honestly and genetically. My mom cried often, many times because she was sad or like me was dealing with depression. Mom had a very tender

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On The Patio Of A Monastery

It’s 6:45 in the evening, Tuesday, August 4. About 15 minutes ago, having just finished my supper, I fetched a book from my room at the Abbey of Gethsemani monastery retreat house and walked into the library to pass some

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‘Silence Is Spoken Here’

Greetings from the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Trappist monastery in rural Kentucky. This is my second retreat here, about an hour outside Louisville, but it seems much, much further. The “real world” – the world of noise and news and

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Mike & Donna Eisenbath



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