July's Liturgical Hike

Greetings,

Since it will be the 4th of July holiday weekend and a few of us will have just had a big day hiking the Abrigo Trail in the Valles Caldera on Friday the 3rd, it seems that a short but sweet hike is in order. Therefore, we will return to the Norski Trail on Sunday, July 5th. We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and leave there at 9:15am. If you'd rather meet us at the trailhead, that's fine, just send a quick e-mail to let me know. I would anticipate that we will be at the trailhead around 10:00am.

As many of you know, Norski Trail is beautiful and an easy hike. The trail surface is soft and easy to walk on and goes through beautiful stands of Aspen and Fir with lovely wildflowers all around.

In case you're interested, here is a link to the Forest Service web page about the trail -

Blessings and I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

P.S. As always, please come prepared. You can find a link to "hiking how-to's" at the bottom of this page, provided by the American Hiking Association, including "The 10 Essentials of Hiking."

June Hike: Reflections

Yesterday’s hike was simply wonderful.  After beginning a bit overcast and cool the day turned into a marvelous early summer experience in the Sangre de Cristos.  The trails we hiked (parts of Big Tesuque and Winsor) were beautiful with many wildflowers and Aspen trees shimmering like green gold in the cool breezes.  As you can see from the photo above we stopped for communion in a lovely mountain meadow with a little mountain stream running through it.

It was a perfect day to contemplate the many and varied languages of nature with which the Holy “speaks” to us.  It is not only with human speech that we are wooed by God; it is also through nature’s speech which engages more than just our ears.  A cool breeze or the warm sun upon our skin or the fragrance of a wild flower or new pine, are these not among the many languages of the Holy?  What better way to experience the knowledge of God's presence among us and love for us than to be out in the cathedrals of nature.

Nature has languages all its own which can be as subtle and imperceptible as a tiny flower which is so easy to miss or as loud and boisterous as a strong wind which makes it difficult to hear anything else and causes great trees to knock together.  God speaks through nature speaks if we will but listen.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S.  Here are a few more wonderful photos from yesterday provided by Helen Henry.