Farewell Brothers

There is nothing like 3 days at a monastery for making you appreciate the comforts of home.  Even the simplest things suddenly take on a new depth and sheen like having more than one light bulb in a room, a comfy mattress, an indoor bathroom and wifi.  But this experience has also profoundly effected me…

Day 2 – The Monastery

I am hoe-ing my way to salvation. That’s a joke Brother Francis, the head gardener here would appreciate. The monks are quite a chatty bunch (so much for the silence). Honestly I am quite pleased. They laugh a lot too and are very fond of jokes. Every day guests are invited to do 3-4 hours…

Day 1: Christ in the Desert Monastery

Thank god for Laura’s iPhone. Not because I am itching to surf the net or make calls here at the monastery, but because it has a flashlight. The Christ in the Desert Monastery is in a very remote part of New Mexico. It sits alone in the middle of a vast mesa with 600-800 foot…