This statue is of St. Placid and stands in front of the main building at St. Placid Priory. Click the link to read the story of this relatively unknown Saint. I love what the sisters say about the anawim and being in solidarity with the least.
Their chapel is very modern and simple. My favorite part are the windows that look out onto the lush trees surrounding the Priory. They remind me when we pray the Psalms together here that creation is God's first scripture.
I also love watching the stained glass under the skylights above cast their hue on the wall and make their slow pilgrimage of color as the sun arcs across the sky.
This retreat I was very taken with a statue of Mary that has been standing at the entrance to the chapel in the four years I have been going, but I never lingered with her before. Something about the presence of the divine feminine touched me deeply and I will be holding her image in my heart for a while and letting it unfold.
-Christine Valters Paintner @ Abbey of the Arts
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