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Into the Death Zone on Mt. Everest

At 29,035 feet, (5.5 miles above sea level), Mt. Everest’s summit has approximately one-third the air pressure that exists at sea level, which significantly reduces a climber’s ability to breathe because of reduced oxygen. At this altitude, the body begins to die off. When summiting Everest, carrying supplemental oxygen is the norm with few exceptions. WithoutContinue reading “Into the Death Zone on Mt. Everest”

Experiencing a Mountain of Spiritual Dryness

There is only one week left before Holy Week. By now, we’ve gotten into the swing of Lent and may be doing a stellar job or we may have succumbed to not keeping Lenten promises. After all, it’s about Jesus and our relationship with Him and not about what we decide to give up forContinue reading “Experiencing a Mountain of Spiritual Dryness”

In Life, Sometimes We Fall Down the Crevasses

Climbing the Khumbu icefall on the way to Mt. Everest helps us gain perspective on the pitfalls in our lives and how we can avoid falling from God’s grace.

Lenten Journey-Base Camp on Mount Everest

During the Lenten journey we look at “climbing” Mt. Everest were we start off at Base Camp on the north side of the mountain. We realize that our whole lives are like climbing a mountain.

A Different Kind of Advent Season in a Weary World

I looked at the last time I posted anything. Several months have gone by! I won’t explain why. There are numerous reasons—too many to count. I think my blog standings have diminished but they weren’t very robust to begin with. It takes effort to keep the flow going and my effort in that department hasContinue reading “A Different Kind of Advent Season in a Weary World”

The Grand Experiment: Giant Reset

I don’t know about you but I am starting to get used to quarantining. I rarely go out except to the grocery store or to an essential doctor’s appointment. I wear a mask out in public. When I am walking or exercising I don’t wear a mask but I stay the prescribed six feet awayContinue reading “The Grand Experiment: Giant Reset”

The Wondrous Mystery of the Paschal Triduum

“I have given you a model to follow,so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” I like to sit and contemplate this mosaic depicting the Last Supper, especially on Holy Thursday. Each little piece is a part of the whole picture. As catholics, each of us are members of the BodyContinue reading “The Wondrous Mystery of the Paschal Triduum”

Walking the Hill of Crosses

I know a lot of people are focusing on upbeat and positive things right now to get through this ordeal. I think it’s great to do whatever it takes to keep our sanity. Although, sometimes I think we need to come to some sort of acceptance as to the reality of our changed way ofContinue reading “Walking the Hill of Crosses”

Planted Near Running Water

Thus says the Lord:Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the Lord.He is like a barren bush in the desert that enjoys no change of season,But stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth.Blessed is the man who trusts in theContinue reading “Planted Near Running Water”