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I'm remembering a night in November, 1983 when I called St. Benedict Monastery in Snowmass to
inquire about possible spiritual direction. I had recently moved to Rifle Colorado, and I was 'longing'
for spiritual connection. My silent prayer was promptly granted, Father Thomas answered the phone.
He explained to me that there were not many Monks, so spiritual direction wasn't available. He then
said he was going to meet with a few others the next week to talk about Monastic Prayer and invited
me to join them and I did. We met at Pat Johnson's house, in Old Snowmass, and she served us soup,
salad and her wonderful bread which I soon came to love. A few of us, sitting around Fr. Thomas on
the floor by a open fire, listened to him and we were awed by his very presence and his spirit. What
a blessing of Grace, thank you Lord! I'm so grateful for being there, thank you Father Thomas!
I'm grateful also for Contemplation Outreach.