Lining up to enter the holy El Santuario de Chimayo
Large Crowds Walk for God
Easter weekend draws nearly 40,000 people walking a holy pilgrimage to the El Santuario de Chimayo church in northern New Mexico, just outside the town of Espanola.
A pilgrimage is a journey of the body and soul. Regardless of religion, it is an effort to become closer to God. A pilgrimage is sometimes undertaken to pray for God’s intercession in our lives or as thanks for an intercession that has been granted. Often, a pilgrimage represents nothing more (or less) than our desire to let God guide our footsteps and nourish our souls. A pilgrimage should not be undertaken lightly, but neither should it be undertaken in fear. It is intended to be a journey of joy and fulfillment.
Walking toward El Santuario de Chimayo on Good Friday takes dedication. Considering their journey last for many, many miles along Highway 285 or Highway 76 from Taos. However, this is part of their tribute to Jesus as well as welcoming a spiritual healing.
Santa Fe Area is a Spiritual Mecca
The Santa Fe area has been a spiritual mecca since Native Americans arrived in AD900. The wide open spaces and beautiful landscapes surrounding Santa Fe are conducive to feeling connected to the earth and skies and therefore, God. In Ana Pacheco’s book, A History of Spirituality in Santa Fe, The City of Holy Faith, she mentions how over 60 different religions and their spiritual beginnings found their way into what has become a high-mountain metaphysical community. If you enjoy reading history, I recommend it highly.
Lately, I’ve been drawn to the Denver Mile High Church. I lived in Denver for 12 years and moved away in 1990. However, a girlfriend told me about their online services. Dr. Roger Teel (minister) has focused on “The Mission of the Heart” in honor of Easter. If you are looking for a different kind of community, I invite you to check them out.
Even though, the Easter ceremonies end, our feeling for what Jesus offered to all of us shouldn’t disappear. After all, it is the journey of feeling love for all humanity that is the first step toward becoming a better person and creating a better world. Treating others with kindness and respect goes a long way toward making your life and others around you more peaceful and joyful.
I know right now is a very trying time-but we will preservere! This song says it all! Enjoy!
While we Wait by Amanda Cook
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