CloisterToday’s first post at The Suburban Hermit is a meditation on the meaning and beauty of the monastic cloister.

From the outside the monastery is imposing like a fortress. The walls rise up and the windows are small. When you enter the feel at first is like a great old school or university. It is perhaps intimidating. You are small and alone.

The church inspires and draws you in, but the monastery garden is the spiritual heart of the place. Surrounded by the strict rules that bring stability and demand obedience, the cloister makes you realize what it all is for.

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