Yesterday, we went to the Monastery of St. Macarius the Great. What's great about this particular monastery is that it's generally closed to all visitors. This means that if you do get to go inside, it is extremely quiet and peaceful and ...monastic. Many of the monasteries I've been to so far have been noisy and filled with tourists and pilgrims, creating a very casual atmosphere that takes away from the holiness of the place. But not here.
One of my mom's monk friends who lives here invited us to spend the morning with him. We talked for a while and then made a stop at the bookstore before heading out. I'm excited to read my new book, An Optimistic Vision of Divine Justice by Father Matta El-Meskeen. I never realized how much pessimism has seeped into matters of divine justice but I'll find out soon enough. And now, pictures!
The monastery is surrounded by trees that the monks planted. They have huge tracts of land and grow all sorts of fruit throughout the year.