beauty of creation

Sep 13, 2012

Last week, with about 400 friends, I spent a day hiking in the alps between Italy and France.  We began by driving into the Little St. Bernard Pass, and climbing together,  in single file and in silence (mostly) until reaching a plateau where we celebrated Mass, had lunch, rested and sang.

The beauty of the mountain scenery was breathtaking. The images capture little of the reality.

But even more beautiful was the community of faith that hiked together. While others sang in foreign languages I took the chance to gaze around at the beauty of this gathering of pilgrims – the people surpassing the scenery in beauty of course…

…after all the mountains, the sky and the beauty of nature was just God’s preparation (day 1-5 of creation), before on day 6 creating the human person in the divine image.

Mont Blanc

Giant’s tooth (left) and Rochefort Arête

Mass is about to begin

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