True to form, Cholla cactus are blooming in the Chama Canyon wilderness. This magenta display always takes place on the first days of Summer, and normally between the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist, on June 24th, and the Solemnity of Saint Benedict on July 11th.
This year the cactus are especially splendid because of good rains in weeks past. If anyone lives in the area or is traveling in these parts, a trip down Forest Service Road 151 leading to the Monastery is well worth the effort at this time.
May God bless and keep safe all travelers by land, sea or air during these often hectic, hot, but also hopefully refreshing days of Summer. Take the pause that refreshes!
Be assured of our prayers.
Abbot Christian and the monks