Conception, Missouri

A small detour during a work road trip took me to a beautiful Benedictine monastery in the Northwest corner of the state. I’ve been here a few times before, but there’s something new to photograph every time. There’s a wonderful collection of Madonnas, the Basilica, small grottos on the grounds…it’s a peaceful, holy place. Given that my employer is a Franciscan order of Sisters, I don’t know a lot about the Benedictines. But there’s a prayerful vibe throughout the grounds that you can feel immediately.

Just a few miles away is a Benedictine convent. Due to time, we only stopped by the cemetery…but we’ll be back tomorrow to visit the Sisters and buy some of their handmade soap. In the meantime, here are a few scenes from our brief visit.

One thing that set this visit apart from others was the fact that I didn’t have an iPhone (or by extension a Hipstamatic app) during previous visits. A totally different look. Not to mention that I always seemed to be holding the phone when a monk was near — with my camera turned off with the lens cap on. Go figure. Guess I shouldn’t be photographing them anyway, but I didn’t really look at them as individual men. I looked at them as a walking – or kneeling – spirit of prayer. And it felt good to be around them.

And all I can say is…

I feel so blessed.

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