St. Bernard of Menthon (923-1008) built a hospice for the safety and protection of traveler’s high up in the Alps mountains between Switzerland and Italy. The hospice has been used by generations of travelers. It still stands today, after many centuries, in a location called the Great St. Bernard Pass.
Barry der Menschenretter (1800-1814), also known as Barry, was the most famous mountain rescue dog that worked for the Great St. Bernard Hospice. He was a dog of breed (later known as Saint Bernard) credited with saving more than forty lives during his lifetime.
Crossing a high mountain, both then and now, can be a challenging moment in anyone’s life. When facing our own difficulties, both internal and external, Barry’s example can provide us with a sense of purpose and direction. Even a rose can become a personal inspirational message in our own path through the mountains.
“Let those very obstacles give you strength. God’s grace will not fail you. You shall pass through the mountains!. Does it matter that you have to curtail you activity for the moment if afterwards, like a spring which has been compressed, you will reach incomparably father than you ever dreamed?”
(St. Josemaria Escrivá. The Way. Number 12)