Faith Tectonics

 

 

A New Book by Marilyn Austin

It’s only some sixty miles but millions of years from the Black Library at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest campus in Austin, Texas to the Devil’s Backbone, a high hog back ridge overlooking the Little Blanco River along Highway 32 between San Marcos and Blanco. I had the occasional use of a cabin on top of the ridge as a weekend retreat where I would spend hours hiking, collecting rocks and cactus specimens or meditating while staring off across the rugged canyons of live oaks, mesquite and cedar. The vast, isolated, impersonal emptiness of desert places like these attract me; just rocks, vegetation, hills and canyons. With the exception of a primitive cabin that made a minimal impact on the environment, there was no sense of history, culture, ethic or God here except what I brought with me. The mind was as free to roam as the deer that came up each morning and evening when I scattered corn. The deer left the place as they found it. So did I.

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