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Silence and Creation — A Reflection

July 5, 2020
Sunset over the Rockies

Tomorrow I will begin a wonderful seven week retreat with Abbey of the Arts hosted by Christine & John Valters Paintner along with our delightful community of Dancing Monks. The retreat is based on Christine’s book Earth: Our Original Monastery.

I have taken a number of online retreats with Christine, John, and our Dancing Monks which have been lovely ( Christine has opened my eyes in beautiful and amazing ways as a Completive Photographer and Monk in the world. Between Christine and Thomas Merton, I have been challenged to see beyond the surface of life and creation.

As Denise and I prepare to move from Estes Park, Colorado to Carrollton, Georgia there are so many changes in front of us. The biggest change is my sleep apnea will finally be under control. The other major change will be leaving our beautiful friendships and neighbors.

Our very dear friends Erin & Nadine (Dahlby & Nadine @

And other neighbors will be missed as well.

Female Elk at the church.

We have enjoyed so much beauty and wonder here. Christine’s thoughts about our original monastery have spoken to my soul here. I am confident that we will discover another beautiful monastery in Carrollton, Georgia. In that spirit I want to share these words from Thomas Merton which were a part of the opening of Christine’s book.

Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is in all. (Thoughts in Solitude, p. 92)

May each of us, dear reader, be touched by the beauty of God’s creation in this, the original monastery.

  1. Michael, I believe you have learnt to serve faithfully from the heart, value community wherever you find it, and can trace God’s hand at work wherever you are. You have discovered ways in which you are able to retreat into your own interior monastery for soul refreshment, strengthening and rest. You are also adept at seeing and sensing beauty and wonder in the everyday. These graces will accompany you in your new location to come, soon making it feel like home. Sending blessings, love and prayers across the pond as you prepare to move to a new post and place. May God go with you both and provide for all your needs. ❤💜

  2. My pleasure, Michael. The feeling is mutual! 😊❤

  3. May your seven week retreat bring you much needed rest and renewal. Blessings on your move and new beginning place.

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