St. Isidore Cluster group reflects on visit to cathedral

Pilgrims also stop at Trappist abbeys

By Barbara Ann Brumm
Special to The Witness

How can we say that we love God, if we do not know Him? How can we say that we love our neighbors, if we do not know them?

In the early darkness of the morning in late April, 34 Parishioners from St. Isidore Catholic Cluster, boarded a bus to begin their journey to Dubuque; some for adventure, some for an indulgence, and some for renewal. The first stop on our journey was New Melleray Abbey in rural Peosta, the home of the Cistercian order of Trappist monks, who follow the rule of St. Benedict. As we drove through the tree covered path to the entrance of the monastery, we could feel the presence of the peace of God. The large oak doors to the monastery church welcomed us to enter and kneel in silence as the monks assembled for, “Terce” — mid-morning chanted prayer. After the Monks left the chapel, we prayed Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Father Jonas visited with us while we browsed in the gift shop and viewed a display of the Trappist Caskets.

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