Dear Friends and Benefactors,
Peace to you and I trust you are all doing well. It's a beautiful day here in the Pecos valley and our weather continues to be warmer than usual with very little moisture, so we maintain our prayers for rain and/or snow on our dry land. Perhaps this spring we will be surprised by heavy wet snow that will sink into the ground and replenish nature. May God grant it!
I was out walking the other day and thoughts of my childhood in Iran came to mind. It was such a special time for us as a family, living in a beautiful country and experiencing a different culture. I have wonderful memories of driving out into the desert going on picnics, or driving out to the 'village' (family compound) belonging to friends of my parents for various celebrations. I felt so much the presence of God as such a young child in the starkness and stillness of the desert, there's something special about living in the desert - much as we experience here living the 'high desert' of New Mexico.
God's presence is everywhere - we just need to be open and aware of his presence around us, no matter where we are, and such was the case when I was out on my walk around the meadow. Hearing the flow of the river as it passes through the meadow, seeing tiny hints of new growth in the grass, watching a red tail hawk circle above the meadow, feeling the warmth of the sun and the whisper of a breeze on my face. We really are blessed to live in such a beautiful State, and especially so here in the Pecos valley, on this land touched by the hand of God.
Last Sunday morning as I let Sophie out for her morning walk, I looked up at the sky and it took my breath away - seeing so many stars, constellations and planets gracing the darkness of the night as it moved into day. At a certain point when the sun casts its morning glow over the meadow, the willows near the pond seems to catch the rays and turn into a most incredible hue. You would have to be here to see it, and feel it and appreciate it. God's presence! What a gift...
I'm currently working with Studio X, our web designers in Santa Fe, to update and change the look of our monastery website - so keep checking it, we hope to have it up by the end of March. It's interesting how much in our life changes, or has to be changed, updated etc. The world is in a place of change, all is change, what was, is no longer the case.
But God doesn't change, God is constant, and his presence is always the same. God will always be there for us - no matter what happens, we can count on him and his unreserved and unconditional love for each and everyone one of us.
May our God continue to be with you, and bless you, and guide you and show you his love. We thank you for all you do for us in our little corner of the world, you are in our daily prayers, and you are in my daily personal mass intentions.
God's peace, Abbot Aidan, OSB