Fall at the Hermitage on a “day off” but paradise is carried within


The Hermitage water fall. And then there’s this above another water fall:


And, of course, content as ever, my friend, close to the river starting not far away at the continental divide:


I was at the hermitage twice on the “day-off”, the second time to make sure that “grandma” would be getting her diabetes shot since the neighbors were gone to the funeral for her brother, making her the lone survivor of the family.

Both morning and afternoon – I couldn’t but do it – I did up some target practice, this time replacing the QIT-99 with my 7″x9″ targets, not getting 100% anymore with the targets just a 1/3 the regulation, but still passing with 80% and 85%. Grandma, herself a crack shot with both a pistol and a long rifle, said that all that target practice is useless since, if you need to shoot, you just shoot and it’s done. But she’s a natural at it. I need to keep sharp with practice. And… and… for me it’s really fun, and it’s a real distraction, and it gets me outside and in the forest, making me feel at home, though in exile…

WNC is paradise. But, here’s the deal… you carry paradise within you (2 Cor 4:6-18 nab):

For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Jesus Christ. But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God. Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

donkey blessed sacrament


Filed under Donkeys, Guns, Nature

4 responses to “Fall at the Hermitage on a “day off” but paradise is carried within

  1. elizdelphi

    It’s a real donkey! Have you heard about the massive slaughter depopulating Africa of donkeys… to cater to insatiable Chinese demand for donkey-hide gelatin? I have read several articles on this phenomenon, there are even a lot of thefts of people’s working donkeys such as this sad story of a man named Anthony whose donkey Carlos was taken (makes me think of the donkey that kneeled to the Blessed Sacrament). http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41524710

  2. pelerin

    Your headline ‘Fall at the Hermitage’ really worried me! Relieved to find your autumnal pictures underneath!

  3. pelerin

    I have been trying so far unsuccessfully to find out where the statue of the kneeling donkey before the Blessed Sacrament shown above is situated as I should like to know more details about it and perhaps find a postcard depicting it.

    Years ago Missionary Orders raised money by printing postcard views of the countries in which they worked and selling them back home. I have two published probably in the 1920s by the ‘ Missionnaires Oblats de Marie-Immacule’ showing elephants genuflecting in front of a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in Ceylon. The caption on one of the cards states that the elephant depicted was one of those which helped to build the grotto.

  4. pelerin

    I have finally been able to answer my own question when I found the details I was looking for. The statue is in the USA at the Shrine of St Antony in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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