True to form, the many cholla cactus in the Chama Canyon are blooming beautifully at this time of year.
We have reached the Summer solace, the longest day of the year, and now the days begin to get shorter again.
At the time of the Summer solace, and more specifically on June 24th each year, the Church commemorates the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, “the Last of the Prophets” and the “Forerunner of the Lord.”
June 24th is also an important date for us monks, as it is the founding date of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert in 1964. We salute our founder and first Prior, Father Aelred Wall and all who have been here over these past fifty-eight years.
This year we will quietly celebrate Saint John Baptist’s day on Thursday, June 23rd. The next day, Friday, June 24th, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
To all our friends, families and benefactors, a blessed recounting of Saint John the Baptist and the Sacred Heart.
Be assured of our prayers.
Abbot Christian and the monks