June 20, 2011
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
TRAPPIST, KY. — On one sunny spring morning the Abbey of Gethsemani's idyllic, secluded grounds reflected the quiet reverence of its inhabitants.
The Trappist monks, gathered in the abbey church, kept silent when they weren't chanting. The monks who live at the abbey refrain from speaking during meals and generally live a quiet, contemplative life. They celebrate Mass each day, and they pray (typically chanting) the Liturgy of the Hours at seven intervals throughout the day — sometimes for just 10 or so minutes at a time. In between, they continue their work.