September's Liturgical Hike

Greetings All,

There are lots of firsts in life and I guess I'm having another one related to WitW in that so far I've not had any "inspiration" as to where to hike this weekend - but I'm sure I will before Sunday. One thing I do know is that it will be an easier hike than last month's, which was a little longish for some. Please meet us in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am on Sunday, September 6th. We will leave there about 8:45am.

As always please remember to come prepared for the day with plenty of water, rain gear (although the forecast looks good at this point) and at least a hearty snack. It's always a good idea to keep the 10 Essentials of Hiking in mind and you can find a link to them at the bottom of this page under "helpful information" from the American Hiking Society.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S. If you have a hike you'd like to suggest e-mail it to me and I'll consider it, if not for this month then certainly for a future hike.

August's Liturgical Hike: Reflections



Worship in the Wilderness provides the opportunity to worship the mystery of the Holy in fresh ways in the great outdoors that inspire and challenge hikers differently on each hike and each hiker differently from one hike to the next hike. Some hikes are easier than others; sometimes the weather is more agreeable one month than the next, sometimes it’s more about what we each “bring” from our lives to a particular hike. The opportunity to experience the constant and complete presence of the Holy is both a challenge and a gift.

August 2nd was just such a day of wonder on our hike as you can see from the photo above of a mushroom about six feet or so off the ground in a notch of an Aspen tree. Sometimes, if we are perceptive, we have the opportunity to experience things which are beyond the usual limitations of our finite human imagination, understanding and knowledge. Seeing this mushroom was such an experience for me and yet is dwarfed by the full magnitude of the mystery of the Holy. How often do we “look” past the signs that God is trying to show and share with us? As for me, I would have to say that this probably happens frequently. And so my challenge is to be as fully receptive to and perceptive of the wonders of the Holy as I may be every day, whether I’m out on the trail or participating in a four hour meeting.

I look forward to seeing you all on the trail soon!

Blessings,

Jon+