Friday, June 22, 2012

Christ in the Desert Monastery

This has been my first super busy weeks at Ghost Ranch. I was working with a youth group that came in, preparing their reflections and themes for the week, in addition to my normal chaplain worship responsibilities. It has been great!

I had a wonderful break through experience this morning. I lead a small group in Contemplative Worship and found out that not only can I lead myself in contemplative meditation, but can lead others as well. A 7am service is certainly out of my "normal life" comfort zone, but it was pretty darn comfortable!

Perhaps it was because I was so tired that I was able to do this.  Kind of like how they say being relaxed when you're in a car accident can save your life. Maybe?

After that we took the youth group on a three mile pilgrimage to Christ in the Desert Monastery. The experience was wonderful. We spent some time talking about what a pilgrimage is and can represent, and spent the last mile in silence as we approached the monastery.

Brother Andre (from Connecticut originally) gave us a tour. He has been there for 30 years and has a down to earth and humorous personality. I would love to get to spend some more time in conversation with him, but alas, the monastery has a pretty strict schedule to their Benedictine days!

The brothers there brew their own beer and I plan to pick it up when I go to Santa Fe this Sunday. Shout out to Cameron Highsmith and Jeff Ferguson, the SFTS Brewers.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

At the Ranch

Well, I'm here at Ghost Ranch in NM. It's been two days, and has felt like a week! The days are packed so full I can barely remember what I did this morning.

Things to know: I have very limited cell service so texts are easiest! I only have internet in one building on the Ranch so I will try to update about once a week.
My address here is:
Marissa Danney
Ghost Ranch
HC 77 Box 11
Abiquiu, NM

I would love to receive notes from you, I will save them and make a mosaic of mail on my wall! This helps me to feel connected to you. :)

Now... for the landscape!

Ghost Ranch is pretty high up in terms of altitude, so at this point I'm still getting acclimated. Lots of water and I'm jonesing for some Vitamin C!

More to come as I discover what my chaplain's life is like.