This week, our friends drove us to the Samos Benedictine monastery, home to ten monks and a resting place for weary peregrinos walking the Camino de Santiago.
“When he is to be received, he comes before the whole community in the oratory and promises stability, fidelity to monastic life, and obedience. This is done in the presence of God and his saints.”
–Rule of St. Benedict 58:17-18a
We didn’t get to meet the monks, as they were secluded from nosey tourists like ourselves.
As is typical of such Spanish monasteries, the walls are built with thick stone, creating a cool, dank, and refreshing atmosphere that contrasted to the melting heat outside.
The bells in the tower mark the hours.
Upstairs were the paintings, some original and some restored. This one below depicted a story about St. Benedictine, who went to visit his ill sister. She begged him not to leave and a storm impeded him from returning home. The next day she died. The dove represents the sister.
On the parallel wing walls were pictures of pre and post-fire.
This picture marks a visit by the dictator Franco and his wife Carmen (nicknamed La collares for wearing pearl collar neckacles).
Nearly every door had its own uinique design.
But of course, no monastery would be complete without a chapel.
The patron saint.
Soon Blake and I shall be walking the Camino! More on that later.