Back to the Desert
On Monday morning, I will begin my annual pilgrimage to the Monastery of Christ in the Desert. As you may know, I go there for one week once a year. This will be my ninth time. I spend the week in prayer, silence, physical work, hiking, and lots of chanting.
I look forward to this event each year. Going to the Monastery, being at the Monastery, is important to me. Of course, I will miss my lovely wife and precious daughters. I will think of them and pray for them. If the past is any indication, I will have times of great anxiety about being separated from them.
In the past, I have gone five times alone and three times with one other man. This year, I am going with my two dear friends Scott and Jim. Jim went with me in 2007, and this is Scott’s first time. It will be a first for something else as well. I always fly into Albuquerque and then drive up. This year, we are flying to Denver. The drive is a few hours longer, but the cost savings were large.
I think I should feel strange about going with two other people and taking a different route. I am, on these annual trips, a creature of habit. I go the same way, I eat the same food at the same places, etc. Yes, this time will be different in some ways. However, I am thrilled about this year's trip. I have a sense that it is going to be simply great.
If you are at all interested in reading more about a couple of my past monastery trips, you can find them here: http://ihajj.blogspot.com/search?q=monastery . You can visit the Monastery's website here: www.christdesert.org. Also, here is a 4 minute video I made after the last time Jim and I went together. Enjoy, and I will see some of you next Sunday morning.
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