December 10 marks seventy-eight years since Thomas Merton arrived at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a monastery in Kentucky that is part of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, better known as the Trappists. Merton spent three days in the guest house, waiting to see if the order would accept him. In between interviews
He is known as the patron of bees, beekeepers, and candlemakers, but also known as the Patron of the Veneration of Mary.
However you chose to spend the holiday season, please remember that being single doesn’t have to mean a depressing holiday season.