Today we celebrate Saint Herman of Alaska. Herman was a monastic. a spiritual leader, a teacher, a a fierce protector of native Alaskans who were under siege by Russian colonists. His biography is summarized in Holy Women, Holy Men. His biography is also set out in Wikipedia. I found one portion of that biography to be particularly meaningful. In describing his solitary lifestyle the author states that “He wore simple clothes and slept on a bench covered with a deerskin. When asked how he could bear to be alone in the forest, he replied, “I am not alone. God is here, as God is everywhere.” Yes, I totally agree, God is everywhere and in all things, and all humankind. While most may take this for granted I have only recently come to realize that even in the most secular and simple things God is there and that theology knows no bounds. While I think I always knew this it has only lately worked itself out in practical application largely due to the example set by a young priest who through her writings and teaching has taught me to find God everywhere. For this I am eternally grateful.