Monastic Community of St. John Maximovitch and the Holy Theotokos
Area of the Modern Day Desert Fathers in photo images
The beautiful rich desert dwelling area in which we reside abounds in Yucca plants and other indigenous plants. The mountains in the background is where Rock Hound Park is located. Visitors to the park are allowed to pick up and take with them those stones and rocks for their collection. Just "being" in this surrounding allows for each of us to pray openly or in silence the Jesus Prayer where our hearts are filled with love for Him who is our Lord and Savior.... Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God and son of man, have mercy on me a sinner that I am!
If you have been up close to Yucca plants, they have a stem that shoots up and flowers at a certain time of year. This photo does not do justice to the numerous amount of Yucca plants in the image above.
This is one of the areas in which some of the old cowboy movies could have been filmed.
This is an area that many an old Spanish and Mexican monk may have traveled. Yet, in our Orthodoxy, we find that where we are located, we come to the realization that the Patristic Fathers of Old, those ancient desert dwellers, knew what they were doing and saying both to God and to man in such a similar setting as this (above)..
A long dirt road that could almost be presumed to have been a dusty wagon wheel trail at one time. But, alas poor fool that some of us are... it is near the "Florida Mountains"... A most picturesque site to see.
This is a material dirt road, a path... it should remind some of us that our lives are just as dirty by our pride, vainness, ego and sometimes worse. Yet, as strugglers in this life for the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, we are made clean through repentance and seeking for forgiveness not only of God, but especially of our brothers and sisters who truly struggle heavenward. May this path (above) in the photo, remind you of the spiritual path, as it does us who are here, everyone who is professing themselves as Christian, must sooner or later take if any one of us desires to reach a Heavenly Home. For it is not that we are saved just by being a so-called "Christian" but that our struggle in this life, on a similar path, requires us to abide daily by that which we profess which is by what we think, say and do.
Mesquite and Yucca plants abound. When the sun is setting, the area comes alive as the stars in the heavenly clear night affirms that we are one with God if in prayer and giving thanks for allowing us to rise up each day from our bed and sleep where we have lay during the night in despair.
The Setting of the Sun is not seen in this photo, but the background makes one realize the depth of God's bountiful creation of which we are a part. Prayer in the silence of this environment aids in making us all to aware of our mortality and that while what is seen above has been here far longer than our short, mortal lives, it certainly reminds us that we are provided the means to struggle in our body and spirit without distraction if we apply ourselves.
Back down this path, this road, we go to return to our Skete for Evening Prayer at our new residence in Columbus, New Mexico.
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