Happy Thanksgiving to all who view our blog! One aspect of being a Cistercian with a vow of poverty is the need to be creative. Sr. Myra grew the above gourds in her garden. She carved out these and added a votive candle and shellacked them for our Thanksgiving table. We celebrate Thanksgiving the way most Americans do with a few additions. We had a beautiful feast day Mass and then went to work at candy ( a tradition of ours) followed by a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In the afternoon we do something together as a community. After Vespers we gather in the kitchen and pull out the leftovers and start eating again! We then go back to Church and have Compline in the sanctuary. We hope you had a great day too!