With umbrella and walking stick in hands, our Prior Bonaventure is shown on his recent hike to the top of the cliffs above our monastery.
This sort of hike is not for the faint of heart. It takes some hours to reach the crosses on the top of the cliffs, then a little less time to descend.
We always advise our hiking-brothers never to ascend the heights alone, but to go with others. Clearly that is the case in today’s photo, which is not a selfie! Hiking with others can also be a metaphor for the spiritual life, our drawing nearer to God, which we do in the company of others, not alone. No man is an island, as John Donne wrote long alone.
The beautiful weather we are experiencing just now provides a perfect opportunity to take some time to walk, hike or horseback ride in the midst of desert beauty.
May this weekend of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord, fill us with the longing for the Bread of Life, which comes down from Heaven, to nourish our hearts and soul.
A blessed weekend to all, with assurance of our prayers. Keep us in your prayers, please. Thank you.
Abbot Christian and the monks