Jaunty London blogger, Joee Blogs has a sweet post about a retreat to Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland. Nice pictures and an encouraging report that Pluscarden is full.
I was at Quarr Abbey once on retreat and a seventeen year old kid was standing outside the church looking sullen. I engaged him in conversation and asked what he was doing there. He said, ‘Cause this is where the power is isn’t it?’ and then sloped into the church and knelt down.
I was an Anglican at the time and felt humbled by the Catholic kid’s repsonse. I felt kind of dumb; like the well meaning lady who asked the bank robber why he robbed banks…the reply, ‘Cause that’s where the money is.’