Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Convent and solitude
Here is a photo of the convent that is on my ride. I was thinking it was monastary but it is actually a Dominican convent and girls school. It is in a beautiful location. The Ironman bike route goes right by it so it is a very popular place to cycle here. Sometimes while school is in session, all of the girls will be out playing basketball in long skirts and the nuns will sometimes take shots as well. Sometimes in the evenings when I ride there will be a nun out for a walk along the road. I've often wondered what life must be like for the nuns and the girls living there. And there is something european or Italian about it with the convent there and the cyclists going by. (I like to think that anyway)
There's also a feeling seperation and an isolation. I feel it when I ride by and I wonder if the girls who occasionally wave feel the same way. I came by there last Sunday while they were having mass. The door was open, but my place was on my bike. Now and then when I ride by, I'm part of their world, and they are part of mine if only for a short while.
Sister Wendy Beckett talks about solitude HERE I saw that interview on TV and they left out one of the most interesting things she said. She was asked if she would get lonely when she went back into seclusion, and she said; "Loneliness is needy, it wants. Solitude is fulfillment, it has." That always stuck with me.
BTW, I loved her PBS programs on viewing art. If you ever get a chance to watch them they are very good.