Everyone had a strange feeling when they stepped outside this morning– it actually felt warm. I know that “warm” is a relative term, but to be outside, see the glorious sunrise, and not have to wear a coat, how can you not raise your mind and heart to God?
When I saw the temperature this afternoon, I knew I had to get outside on the bicycle. It was only my second ride outside this year, but the first time I did not have to wear my biking jacket. It was just short sleeves, fresh air, and pavement.
Out on the road, nothing but my own thoughts and the rolling hills.
In the end, it turned out to be 20 miles in just over one hour. Fortunately there was very little wind, which is a rare case out in northwest Missouri. It was just good to see monks, seminarians, and guests outside and enjoying themselves. The fresh air and sunshines does wonders for the spirit.
The sun sets on a beautiful day. Having prayed Compline (night prayer), we can gladly rest with hearts filled with gratitude.