Monday, November 28, 2011

Mother Katherine and Her Sheep

Mother Katherine raises several different breeds of sheep and the Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego.  I truly found a kindred spirit in Mother Katherine as we have so many sheep acquaintances in common and revel in anything fibery.  She and Sister Deborah took us around the farm introducing us to the sheep and Saanen goats who all have names and histories of their own.  Many are rescues who will live out their lives on the grounds of the monastery.  Mother Katherine is a Sheep Whisperer who intuits the needs and desires of her flock.  I was mesmerized with stories of sheep who wait for a certain Saint's birthday or the upcoming visit of a bishop to give birth.  She really gets into their heads in a way only sometime who spends their lives in prayer and with the animals can do.  I was very impressed with the kindness and hospitality of the Holy Myrrhbearers nuns and plan on returning on my own very soon.

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