Christ in the Desert

ROAD TO PEACE, by Evangeline Chavez

The Monastery of Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, New Mexico, was founded in 1964 by Fr. Aelred Wall, OSB, with monks of Mount Saviour Monastery in New York state.

The Monastery is situated in a beautiful canyon, as it gazes out over the sparse irrigated fields into the widening valley, surrounded by miles of government-protected wilderness, thus assuring and promoting solitude and quiet for the religious life. The chief architect of the original monastery was George Nakashima, famous Japanese-American woodworker and architect. The electricity and water-pumping at the monastery is solar-powered, as sunshine is plentiful throughout the year.

Tall wooden  Stations of the Cross adorn the sky,  stretching  from the road near the guest house all the way to the Church, creating a  graveled path the whole distance. You then arrive at a small  brown adobe chapel , shaped in the form of a cross, with an added  dark wooden cross  on top of  the chapel,  It  rises perhaps three stories to stand out over the canyon. Behind the Monastery above the  red and yellow cliffs sit three white  crosses.

The trek to the Monastery is the ultimate spiritual journey, one that you will not forget.

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~ by Evangeline Art Photography on December 6, 2009.

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