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I've just spent 4 lovely days away at St Benedict's Monastery in Canyon, TX. As you can see it is quite rural, the monastery is just to the left in the distance. It is home to a small community of Benedictine sisters and serves as a retreat house as well. It is located near a state park, Palo Duro Canyon, so the scenery is quite beautiful. I was also able to catch up with a former student of mine, Daniel Dreher. The last time I saw him he was 15 years old, and now he is Fr Daniel! He is doing great work with the Catholic Chaplaincy at West Texas A&M University, my alma mater, in Canyon. At any rate, the time away was exactly what I needed in many ways, but especially in re-connecting with the Lord.