Today’s stunning photo was taken by Prior Bonaventure on Trinity Sunday (June 5th) during an afternoon hike far above the Monastery, on the cliffs behind and above our monastic church.
The photo is a view to the west of our property, showing the confluence of the Chama and Gallina Rivers, showing too how green the Chama Canyon wilderness is at present. It also underlines the grandeur of God in this high desert setting.
A few lines from the famous poem of the British Jesuit priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, who lived from 1844 to 1889, is fitting here:
“The world is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
May the coming week find us more attentive to the beauty which surrounds us and to giving thanks to the Creator of all.
As we monks and guests repeat over and over in the course of each day:
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Abbot Christian and the monks