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Hikes and Trails

Recreation time is an important part of life for members of religious orders. At Mount Angel Abbey, in addition to recreation time after meals, several times per year some monks like to hike in the nearby woods and mountains. From the first verse in the Bible we learn that God brought order to the universe and replaced the disorder of chaos. When we pray, we participate in God’s order. When we go on a hike to enjoy the beauty of creation together, we participate in God’s order. Recreation in the midst of God’s Creation is a gift that God gives us to renew our spirit. This recreation of hiking becomes re-creation, surrounded by God’s Creation. This is a gift to be shared.