Moonrise over the Pyrenees


Clouds stream over Landmannalaugar, Iceland, as the sun sets


Winter tour of the Alps, featuring mountains, snow, frozen lakes, trains, castles, waterfalls, and some of those neat drone flights right over snow-covered forests and train tracks.

“I do not need to ‘get all good,’ if that were even possible, to have communion with God. His life-giving Spirit gives me life even in my sin. But He opens to me a fuller life, a more useful, renewed life, when I turn away from that sin,
just as God is willing to ‘turn His face away’ from my sins.

The ‘bad’ that is within me, because I’ve embraced it, time and again, does not stop God from abiding and working in me, because He is willing to descend even into our darkest hell to renew us, in His undying faith in us. He is also willing to ‘turn away His face’ from our sins, time and again, continuing to create through us and among us,
so we and other ‘ungodly turn to Him.’

So let me not be discouraged, however ‘bad’ my state of affairs may be at the moment, and embrace the renewal God has on offer. ‘Restore to me the joy of your salvation: establish me with your governing Spirit’.”

~Sr. Vassa Larin