Living Icon Hikes

We all intuitively feel the presence of God while in His creation. This is because, as St. John Chrysostom said, “The whole Earth is a living icon of the face of God.” Our monastics are regularly contemplating this icon and learning from it, but the laity also benefit from having a meaningful connection with it– this is especially important for those of us who spend far more time surrounded by things made by man, rather than the creation designed by God. That is why we practice contemplating God’s presence in creation, and develop a sensitivity to the lessons He has written for us through His “book of nature.” Like the early Christians who went to the desert, like the saints who climbed mountains in solitude, we also seek Christ in the wilderness.

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