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Back Into the Desert


Early on Sunday morning I will be driving to New Mexico. I will be spending the week at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert. This will be my twelfth annual trip.

I normally fly, but last year I drove as part of my sabbatical.  While it's a long way, I enjoyed the travel.  It felt even more like a pilgrimage.

Some years I go alone, other years I have a companion (once I had two).  This year I'm going with three of my best friends.  On this visit, I hope to take my final vows as an Oblate of the Monastery.

I have mixed emotions about going. On one hand, I'm excited. I get to spend time with God in a place that I love. I'm looking forward to the time with my friends.  On the other hand, I'm afraid.  Even with my friends there, I will be spending a great deal of time alone.  I will miss Laura, and my girls.  Voices are louder in the desert.  I don't know what I will encounter.

I'll be tweeting up and back, but there is no standard communication possible from the Monastery itself.     Which is one of the reasons people should go.

Pray for me, my family, and my companions.