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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Gorgoroth Pt. III ~ Sam and Frodo reach Mt. Doom, plus jan-u-wine's 'Even As I'....

Posted on 2006.08.23 at 18:45


whiteling at 2006-08-25 13:17 (UTC) (Link)
Your cousin is a Cistercian? That's quite an ascetic order. I hope she gets to wear socks in her sandles during the winter. It used to be a silent, non-speaking order, although they could write (if permitted). Is it still like that, do you know?

I've seen her only once in my life so far, but we changed letters after my father's death. Wow, after almost 40 years I digged out a photograph of my Cisterian cousin (and me).

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(The tot in the middle is me.) Sister Andrea must be in her seventies now. I should send the photo to her, it's quite possible she's never seen it. -- It doesn't look as if she were barefoot in her sandals, methinks. ;-)
The order has changed over times; strict silence is kept only after compline, the last service in the day.

*toddles off, feeling extremely off topic*
mechtild at 2006-08-25 13:41 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, so they now can speak. That's good. Although I once very much enjoyed going to a silent retreat center. At first it felt forced, sitting at table with a group of people and not saying anything, signing, "pass the bread", etc. But once I was used to it, it was sort of restful not to have to come up with anything to say.

That is a FANTASTIC photograph (were you cute!?!?!?!?). I am sure she would love to see it, speaking from my own perspective.
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