Sisters, Soap, Sunflowers

Last day of a work road trip brought us back to the countryside for another visit with the Benedictines. Today we visited the convent, or as I like to think of it, home of the Holy Water soap. (Not the official name of their business, but the Sisters do add Holy Water to each batch.) We had a lovely visit with Sister Cathleen and toured her work area. And of course, we got to smell and purchase lots of soap.

After our soap store stop, we headed to the main building and were fortunate enough to access the chapel. It is seriously stunning. I cannot believe this amazing place is plunked right in the middle of nowhere. There’s nothing but corn, farmland, and wind turbines as far as the eye can see.

Look at Christ’s hands. Aren’t those just…gorgeous?

Then we headed outside. I’ve seen this before, but I can’t help but laugh when I see this scene. Christ’s arms outstretched to…a wind turbine.

And here we have the opposite view. This was taken of the convent underneath the wind turbine.

And everywhere we looked, there were sunflowers. Everywhere, everywhere.

Now I’m settled in back home, grateful for the adventures my work affords me.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    This is amazing! What a great trip.


  2. Eggleston, Don says:


    These are astonishing!
    I go there on the 17th for Mission days- can’t wait for my own side trip


    Donald Eggleston
    Corporate Vice President – Mission Integration
    SSM Health Care
    477 North Lindbergh Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO 63141
    (314) 994-7888
    Fax (314)-994-7919


    1. Don, of course the Sisters at the soap shop remembered you. You make the best impression on people.


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