Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Monte Velino

On Saturday I had the opportunity to climb to the top of a nearby mountain in Abruzzo. Monte Velino is 2487 meters high and is the third largest mountain in the Apennines, which is the mountain range running down the central spine of Italy.

I just wanted to share with you all a few pictures from the top. The view from the top was breathtaking. (The last 200 meters of the climb was literally breathtaking.)

Hiking up the mountain was not only a time for fresh air and good exercise. It was also a time for prayer and Christian brotherhood with two priests friends from Santa Croce University and two other seminarians from the North American College.

At the peak there was giant iron cross and a metal statue of Our Lady. They were perfect reminders for us to give God the glory for his beautiful creation.  How special it was during this month of May to sing a hymn in honor of Our Blessed Mother a mile and half above the sea level. God is so good.