The church at Mariaklosteret, the Cictercian Monastery on Tautra island, out in the Trondheim Fjord. I took part in the midday prayer there yesterday, and afterwards had lunch inside the monasery. Not with the nuns, they have their own diningroom where visitors never come. But in the guest kitchen, a diningroom for people who stay in the monastery guesthouse for a shorter or longer time.
Many years ago, when I worked on my book about Lent, I stayed in the monastery for a week, and had my lunch here every day. The other meals I prepared myself, in the guest house. I have been back to the monastery many times since then, but never for a meal, so to be able to do that yesterday, felt like a rich blessing.
I have a very special tale to tell from my week in the monastery, in January 2007. You can read about this tale, my Violet Dinner, here. I never included the tale in my book, at the time it was too personal. I regretted that descision afterwords, but have shared it many times when I have been around, talking about the book.
The meals at Mariaklosteret are simple, but every mouthful you eat is a mouthful filled with prayers.
I have not always been good at using the "categorie button" when I write my posts here, but here is a link to my posts from Tautra (well, a very few of them:
And here is the link to the category This Holy People (this category has several pages, so make sure to press the tiny arrow when you come to the bottom of the side:
And finally, the link to the monastery itself: