Outside Heaven’s Door: A Visit to St. Michael’s Abbey

What is it about monasteries that fascinates us so much and draws us in?

If you’ve ever been to a flourishing monastery, convent, or friary, you probably know what I mean. They are innately attractive. There’s an aura about them that just pulls you in, like a gravitational field.

A view of an ancient monastery in Italy

Maybe it’s the beautiful art, music, and liturgy so often found in monastic settings. Maybe it’s the mysterious…

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