Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Visit to "Holy Mountain"

"Holy Mountain" is supposedly what people call Graymoor, the home of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement, located in Garrison NY. My cousin and her husband visit Graymoor regularly and they offered to give me a tour. Graymoor has chapels and shrines dedicated to a variety of Saints, including St. Francis, St. Anthony, St. Bernadette, Our Lady of Fatima and many more, all set on beautiful gardens seemingly designed to inspire peaceful meditation, prayer or just a few minutes of awe soaking in God's amazing handiwork.

This is in the St. Jude Meditation Garden which among other things includes the statue of Our Lady of Medjugorje, which was blessed by Our Lady herself during the apparitions, and the World Trade Center Cross.This is the World Trade Center Cross which was constructed and dedicated by the Ironworkers of Local 40 NYC to those who lost their lives on 9/11. The cross is made of steel girders with a concrete base using ashes and steel from the World Trade Center site.Our Lady of Fatima and the three shepherd children she appeared to.St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.

This was a wonderful experience which I hope to repeat on my own so that I can dedicate more time to peaceful and quite contemplation and prayer.