An Extraordinary Giveaway, but There's a Catch

I cannot tell you how pleased I am to be able to offer this really unique and beautiful giveaway.

A very dear friend of mine has a special love for the Trappist Monks of Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA. She also has a very special prayer intention that is especially close to my heart. She'd like to share the spirituality of the monks with someone you love. And I'd like you to share your prayers with her.

This is a VERY specific giveaway. The retreat is FOR MEN ONLY. The winner will live like a Trappist monk for a weekend. That means up at 3 am etc, etc. (But he does NOT have to be a candidate for monastic life to attend the retreat.) The retreat is offered just once this year, September 11-14, 2014. It's in Berryville, VA, and the winner is responsible for his own transportation.

But for the right person, this is a very special opportunity!

Anyone can enter, but you'll have to have a man in mind to send on the retreat.

Here it is in her own words:
Send someone you love on a spiritual retreat with the Trappist monks of Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey. Twice a year the monks welcome a small group of retreatants into their community to eat, sleep, and pray like a monk! Holy Cross is located in Berryville, VA--less than an hour's drive from the Dulles Airport--and situated by the Shenandoah River and Blue Ridge Mountains. One winner will get to spend a three day weekend (September 11-14, 2014) on the men's retreat immersed in the life at Holy Cross Abbey. The retreat includes the cost of lodging and meals.

For a full schedule for the weekend (which participants are expected to fully participate in), see the Holy Cross Abbey website. And if you're interested in attending the men's and women's monastic immersion weekend, the monks offer it in March of each year.

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment, saying you wish to enter. If you win, you can give the prize to the man of your choosing, provided he can get himself to the right place at the right time. The winner will be announced at 10pm Pacific next Saturday, June 14, 2014.

Here's the catch:

Someone is going to get an amazing weekend. And all we're asking is your prayers. Will you please pray that my friend and her husband will be blessed with a baby, in whatever way God sees fit? Will you offer a Mass, or a rosary, or a novena, or a Hail Mary for this intention? Will you leave a comment, so we'll know you're praying with us? Whether or not you're able to enter the giveaway?

And will you please share this post with anyone you think might be interested in the monastic life, or in praying for my friend's intention?

Thank you and good luck!