I’m away from the blog this week while on vacation in Colorado. I’m enjoying what might be called my first actual vacation since starting my assignment as a priest. My parents and I have so far enjoyed the beauty of Colorado Springs and yesterday drove north to Estes Park, the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. Along the way we stopped at the St. Francis Xavier Cabrini shrine in Denver and Camp St. Malo near Estes Park where John Paul II stayed and hiked when he was here in 1993. It may be a potential retreat location for me in the future. As I write today, it is a beautiful morning looking out the window as the sun is rising on the snow-covered Rockies. It’s cold but beautiful. We’re off to do some hiking and chase some elk.