The numberless tropical flowers and fruits truly make Trinidad a paradise island … and paradise monastery. We ate fresh fruit every day right off the trees. \”Star fruit\”, or \”five-finger fruit\” as the Trinis call it, comes in sweet or sour. The nuns have 1 sweet tree and 3 sour trees.
and many banana trees of various kinds,
as well as, papaya
and coconut trees.
The flowers range from hibiscus to roses in the main courtyard
then to orchids
and birds of paradise — on the larger grounds.
One of the Sisters was so delighted that she felt like she was in her native Vietnam. Yet, the day came when they were scheduled to return to our monastery in Texas, their hearts and minds filled with wonderful memories of their new Sisters.