The Random Thoughts of a Lutheran Parish Pastor
This is an outstanding video. Thank you for posting it.We have a Cistercian monastery a few miles outside the town where I live. It is place of quiet, beauty, and absolute serenity. It is one of my favorite places to visit. It would be a good thing if more folks were aware of monastic life; they have much to teach us.The monks at our local monastery make burial caskets. They own a forest where they raise trees, they season the wood, and then produce the most stunningly beautiful wooden caskets at very reasonable prices. Every casket is blessed by a priest before it is shipped out as it is intended to be the permanent home of the mortal remains of a Christian.Fr.D+
Fr,D, Yet Trappists (and Carthusians) do not use caskets themselves; they are the true originators of the “Green Burial.” No casket, vault, nor formaldehyde - they are lowered directly into the ground in a winding sheet. This seems to me a wonderful way to go out. Sadly for me, there are no cemeteries in my area offering spaces for “green’ burials.
The monastery at Maulbronn has a particularly Lutheran history. The German Wiki has much more detail than the English language entries. More pictures too. https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kloster_Maulbronn
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