@frjasonsmith “Teach me your paths, my God,
guide me in your truth.” | I had never hiked at 9,000 + feet above sea level before and it was a humbling experience. Out of breath and dizzy I had to stop several times and the space between me and some of the other hikers began to grow. Used to running five miles a day in New York, I suddenly felt like a chain smoker. It was a realization of my own limitations. Instead of looking at the amazing vistas all around I found myself focusing on my own incapacity to keep up with the others instead. | Throughout my sabbatical I had been reflecting on my inner journey, my spiritual life. I had just seen an image that St John of the Cross had used of Mt Carmel, saying that the only way to reach the top is detached love. This hike was actually something of a breakthrough moment for me, the realization that I can not summit the mountain of the spiritual life on my own. The altitude is to high! I need grace and this comes as a pure gift of God as I put one foot in front of the other to follow Him—at the pace HE leads me, to the place he leads me. | Back to my mountain hike. Being terribly out of breath eventually made me stop to snap some pretty amazing pictures and simply contemplate God’s creation and that meant more to me than reaching the top of an earthly mountain. | Posted in #blackandwhite in homage to the great landscape photographer Ansel Adams.