One year during Spring Break I actually went to the desert in New Mexico-- to the monastery, Christ in the Desert. One of my classmates from seminary days was a monk there -- Cassian Heath. It was a great experience.
We have a bit of the desert in our chapel every year as well. Br. Jerome creates it with Br. Luke's cacti. I always enjoy this little setting and it reminds me of my experience in the desert.
Note the basket with paper in it way to right of this photo. This basket contains all the bona operas of
the monks. A bona opera is the good works the monks have planned to do during Lent.
The painting above is part of the environment in our chapel as well. A Mexican monk painted this for us while he was with us several years ago. I met him while I was at a Benedictine monastery in Cuernavaca. His monastic name is Nicolas Oramas. He was baptized Bernardo. He left monastic life some time ago. I have always wanted to connect with Nicolas again, but have not been able to do so. Perhaps he might type his name into a search engine some day and his painting will come up.
Nicolas entitled this painting: The Resigned Christ.
Note the cross within the chest of Jesus as well.
It truly is an awesome painting.
Have a good Lent!!
Nicolas wherever you are--thank you for all you did for MM while you were here!!