Touching a Cloud

Brother Placid is a monk from Latrobe, PA, who convinced me to join Facebook in 2017, to share my stories of faith. A gifted person in many ways, with a keen eye for seeing the sacred in the art of photography, he recently posted a photo from Saint Vincent Archabbey entitled “Touching a Cloud”; a reminder to me that we are all connected. So I messaged him a few pictures I took this morning of the thick clouds at Saint Meinrad in Southern Indiana. As I walked back from Vigils and Lauds, the deep fog reminded me of a blanket spread out over all creation, touching me, you, and people around the world.

When I first visited Saint Meinrad Archabbey five years ago, I was very nervous. On the drive here the puffy clouds brought me great comfort, like a cloud of witnesses. This morning, surrounded by clouds, over, under, and beside me, I felt blanketed in God’s love. Dear God, Help me to be God’s blanket for others.

Let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. ~Psalm 5:11

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