Well, St. Bernard is the patron saint of mountaineers, skiers and mountain climbers, so it is fitting that my first blog on a saint is St. Bernard.
Today, I spent the morning climbing throughout the Cheyenne Canyon in Colorado Springs. As I walked with my family and pondered the majestic beauty of the mountains, I felt God’s presence. Our God is such an amazing artist. He placed so much wonder for us to enjoy, free of charge. Walk, fresh air, nature – awesome. On the two mile hike we saw water falls, reseviors, valleys, peaks, pastures, a golf course and NORAD. Seeing NORAD in the distance put life in perspective – we can be in the middle of great beauty and then be reminded of the reality of life – security for our country reminds us that we, as Saint Bernard of Menthon need to keep others safety ahead of our own.
St. Bernard of Menthon started a patrol in the Alps that cleared robbers from the mountains and established hospices for travellers and pilgrims to Rome. Are we hospitable to others? Do we try to reach out to others in need – to make them feel Jesus’ love and safety?