"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Stumbling Into Light: Part 9

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Opening the doors to silence..

Picture shows visiting nuns in silent prayer at Kurisumala Monastery

6 responses

  1. Beautiful, J.

    January 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

    • Thanks, Glynn. It’s an extremely simple and basic monastery, but harbours enormous power…

      January 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm

  2. Good to see the women there. Is it a mixed monastery (Women and men)? Do the women also sit as well as kneel?

    January 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    • No, the monastery is for men only, though I believe there is a Cistercian community for women near Calicut, in northern Kerala.
      Most of the women who were staying on retreat, rather than visiting Kurisumala, were sisters from various different orders.
      Yes, the women both sat and kneeled – just like the men – but the sisters seemed more adept at kneeling than the priests who were also on retreat! The latter were in mufti and often it was only when they concelebrated Mass that I realised they were ordained.

      January 30, 2013 at 7:40 pm

  3. Ed

    Vermeer of delft would be proud

    January 31, 2013 at 2:23 am

    • He taught JofIndia so much

      January 31, 2013 at 7:54 am

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