Over the years we have planted trees and bushes on our property, to create several gardens for prayer, respite and shade in the desert, spaces that are often called “oaises,” a word of Egyptian origin which means, “dwelling place.”
The photo below is from our Blessed Virgin Mary Garden, within our cloister area, between the church and building which houses our work offices and library.
In the Blessed Virgin Mary Garden, we planted some years ago now, blue spruce trees, a beautiful evergreen conifer. In general, pine trees do well in our climate and elevation, as is the case of our little grove of blue spruce.
God’s creation surrounding us never ceases to amaze us, and we thank our God for our common home, where we live and hopefully thrive, day by day and year by year.
With our greetings and prayers,
Abbot Christian and the monks