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National Parks offer spiritual refuge

Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:25
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By Nancy Wiechec and Chaz Muth | Catholic News Service

Jesuit Father Rick Malloy celebrated Sunday vigil Mass in Yellowstone National Park in August. Yellowstone, the nation’s first national park, was established in 1872.

WASHINGTON — From the dramatic vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the glistening waters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, national parks have stood as places of wonder, history and culture.

John Muir, considered the father of our national parks, petitioned U.S. lawmakers to set aside such places for preservation, play and prayer.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike,” wrote the 19th-century naturalist and philosopher in his book “Yosemite.”

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