An Unlikely Tourist Attraction in Petersham

One of the most popular tourist attractions on the east coast is our Nation’s Capital.

Among the seemingly endless monuments and museums, my favorite is the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The fact is, he is only un-named.

God knows very well “who” he is.

It’s just that we don’t, that the memorial is so designated.

The idea that America so loves this man for the sacrifice he made reminds me of how God treats our personal and private offerings.

We have tourist attractions here in Massachusetts as well.

Yesterday my wife and I visited one of the least known places in our State–the Maronite Monks of the Adoration in Petersham.

Here’s a tip–don’t use your GPS to find it–follow the written directions on their website.

All I can say is that the two monks we met, Father Robert and Brother Patrick had more joy in them than any two people I’ve ever met.

Like the unknown soldier, they live nearly unknown to the rest of us.

I recommend paying them a visit, but don’t expect fireworks or a fancy bookstore, it’s simply a place where 19 men live who pray without ceasing.

For those of you who think they’re wasting their lives, remember what the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:21 “Can the eye say to the hand, I have no need of you?”

The power of God overwhelmed both Natalie and I as we entered the chapel and saw where they held their Mass each day.

Even the llama that ran ahead of us as we drove away seemed to be at peace.

God bless the Maronite Monks of the Adoration, especially for finding a place so remote that if the world came to a sudden stop, they’d never know.


One Response to “An Unlikely Tourist Attraction in Petersham”

  1. Susan Says:

    Oh my gosh! What a unique day trip you and Natalie had. How did you know about that place, James? The monks live such different lives. Thank heaven they are in our tortured world, to shed light, pray without end and show the presence of Almighty God. I’d like to go there sometime. And I LOVE the idea of creating silence as often as possible.

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