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”
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”
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.
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.
Lately, learning everything about climbing Mt. Everest fascinates me. I think it is a way to escape the current reality we are living in. Join me in taking a Lenten journey as we “climb” Mt. Everest. A decision to climb Everest is not made lightly. Age, physical condition, expense, time allotment, experience, etc., are allContinue reading “Reaching New Heights during Lent on Mt. Everest”
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”
I am so tired! I have felt especially tired in the past few days. I am not currently working outside the home and I can set my own schedule. I can rise from bed when I want and go to bed late if I want. I usually watch a live-streamed morning Mass and then goContinue reading “My Brain is Becoming a Prisoner”
“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”
COVID-19. It took a week or so to really set in as to what life would look like while we isolate and practice social distancing which includes no celebration of Mass at church! Social media is flooded with virtual Mass and I have limited myself to a my church and my archdiocese. Early during theContinue reading “Easter: The First Sunday after First Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox”
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”