After a very beautiful vacation trip, I am at home again and happy to be able to greet you with this daily message.
Our trip took us to an area totally new to me: the states of Wyoming and Montana, and the Canadian province of Alberta where some of the most beautiful scenery in the Canadian Rockies is to be found. In this country we visited the national parks of Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Glacier. In Canada, the national park in which the towns of Banff Springs and Lake Louise and their spectacular environs are located. I have never seen more impressive natural beauty.
In the third chapter of the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament, we find a beautiful prayer recited by the three men in the fiery furnace. It is often called the “Benedicite” from its opening word in Latin, and is a sort of litany of how all creation praises and gives glory to God. I thought of that so many times as we were able to enjoy the stunning glory of the country through which we were passing.
“Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever . . . mountains and hills, bless the Lord . . . everything growing from the earth bless the Lord . . . you springs, bless the Lord . . . all you birds of the air, bless the Lord . . . all you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord.”
In this regard, we saw tremendously majestic mountains, snowfields on their summits; miles and miles of thick forests, both evergreen and deciduous; in Yellowstone Park we saw many geysters, fumaroles, “mudpots” as they are called. Old Faithful performed for us on three different occasions, at the remarkably predictable rhythm of once every ninety minutes, when it comes alive and erupts a tremendous amount of steam and boiling water over 100 feet into the air. The Canadian Rockies around Lake Louise are beautiful and impressive beyond the ability of words to describe. All of it speaks of the beauty of God, its creator and offers us the opportunity to ponder His power, glory, and goodness. I am very grateful for the opportunity to experience this beauty and impressiveness, and would certainly encourage you who have not traveled in that part of the world to try to do so one day. That part of the world is as eloquent concerning the beauty of our Creator God as anywhere on earth. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.