Places of silence and rest

vickylass By vickylass, 16th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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These convents offer what we need most nowadays; peace, silence and beauty.

Places of silence and rest

Convents are these historical monuments that were built long, long ago. Some of them date from the 15th and 16th Century. They were built in the countryside or outside towns and cities. They were places for religious Orders to pray far from the crowds.
However, times change and these holy places have been able to evolve with them. At the same time, these communities are getting smaller, but they need funds to keep their convents, which at the same time are historical and artistic monuments scattered all over the country.
In the past, these communities were kept by donations from rich families and those of girls or boys's who had joined their Orders. But on these days, there doesn't seem to be many people with vocation enough to live behind these walls far from maddening crowds and modern living. The nuns or monks need funds to maintain them. What's to be done, then?
The nuns and monks in their own convents make glorious delicacies such as marmalades, jams, cakes to sell on the premises or to attend orders from the outside, because these awesome marmalades, jams and cakes are made with the best ingredients and all the necessary patience and work. They aren't cheap, but a sheer pleasure to taste one or two.
These communities have also turned part of these convents into accommodation for anyone wishing to have few days in utter silence surrounded by beauty and history. They mainly take individuals, but they can also take small groups to organise cultural events or seminars. In some of them, they only take women and in others, they take men and few of them are mixed. The public accommodation is always apart from the religious one, but one can see them in the chapel or in the dining room. Some of them have been done up with all modern facilities such as private bathrooms inside the rooms, but others offer basic accommodation and meals with the nuns or monks, which will be very simple.
Most of these orders charge a price, although, it depends on the Order. The Carmelites , for instance, won't charge anything, but a visitor is expected to give them something.
In some of these places, visitors are expected to be indoors early at night and to attend some of their services. In others, one will be free to go out and about with no obligation to attend their religious services, but whether one is an atheist or not, one may attend one of them for politeness and courtesy.
Any of these places of silence and beauty would be a necessary stay to break away from it all. Time and again we need to stay with ourselves, reflecting and listening to utter silence only broke by the breeze stirring bushes or branches of trees or nuns or monks walking along the cloisters.
When was the last time one could listen to silence? Oh, that was long, long time ago.

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. September 16th 2013.


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