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Mother Mary’s Garden

An invitation to hear the cousins play at a tiny church festival in San Luis, prompted a leisurely drive back. We took Highway 159 toward Taos, NM, to County Road P, toward Manassa. Mother Mary’s Garden is tucked away on the left. We parked outside the gate and walked in. Mother Mary’s Garden is a […]... Read More
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La Santisima Trinidad, Arroyo Seco, New Mexico

Blanketed in the first snow of the season, La Santisima Trinidad radiates hope to the surrounding community of Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. Built in 1834, the historic church stands as a monument to the families who originally settled the area. That the Catholic faith thrived during a period when there were very few priests available to serve the […]... Read More
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The Miraculous Staircase of Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 Amid our walking tour of downtown Santa Fe, we detoured to take in Loretto Chapel. The last time we were here, I foolishly left my camera in the car. This time, I made sure I had it.   Loretto Chapel is famous for its circular stairway which is believed by many to have been constructed […]... Read More
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Santo Nino de Atocha, Chimayo, New Mexico

  On the same road trip to El Santuario, Chimayo, we discovered another chapel I hadn’t seen before. Just a few hundred yards from El Santuario is the Chapel to Santo Nino de Atocha. According to legend, when loved ones were imprisoned, the Christ child would come and take food and water to them. When […]... Read More
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El Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico

Nearly 10 years ago, when I came to El Santuario Chimayo on pilgrimage, it was undergoing major restoration, inside and out. When I returned this past spring, I was impressed with sweet smelling, flowering trees lining spacious courtyards. Restored signage clearly indicates Mass times and Historic information.   Original window gratings and adobe bricks are left exposed […]... Read More

Memorial To The Unborn

St. Germaine, Prescott Valley, AZ What is a Memorial to the Unborn?  They have been popping up all over in the last number of years.  Ranging from a simple headstone in a flower bed, to small parks at the side of a church, to Facebook pages, these memorials all have one thing in common – […]... Read More
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Mission Santa Ines – Solvang, California

           Mission Santa Barbara is regal and grand. Mission La Purisima is gentle and serene. Tiny Mission Santa Ines lies quietly between the two.  It is as unlikely as the nearby Danish colony of Solvang. On September 17, 1804, the “Mission of the Passes” became the 19th California Mission.     […]... Read More
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Mission San Juan Capistrano – San Juan Capistrano, California

The fragrance of thousands of blooms fills the air, floating on a cool ocean breeze.  The ruins of a magnificent cathedral give proud testimony to a transforming faith.  Is this Greece?  Turkey?  Egypt?   No.  This is the coast of Southern California, and the ruins are the Great Stone Church of Mission San Juan Capistrano.    This journey […]... Read More
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La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Lompoc, California

With vistas of rocky beaches, farms, sandy beaches, and ranches, the drive to La Purisima Mission State Historic Park from Los Angeles reminds me of everything I like about Southern California.  Entering the park itself is like stepping back in time.            Sheep and goats fill the corrals, turkeys gobble, and horses graze.  […]... Read More
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Mission San Xavier del Bac – Tucson, Arizona

The White Dove of the Desert, as Mission San Xavier del Bac has been very appropriately dubbed, has a prominent position on the desert plain in the southwest corner of Tucson, Arizona. Easy to spot from Interstate 19, it stands, a lonely survivor of struggle. A struggle still carried on to this day, not only with the […]... Read More