San Xavier Mission, Arizona

I love churches, cathedrals, and missions. I’m an avowed agnostic (isn’t that an oxymoron?), but something about religious places settles me right down. San Xavier Mission is a gorgeous example in Tucson, Arizona.

Whenever I visit one I always light a candle for my Granddad, who died in 1997. When I was small he called me Peaches and would walk me around the room on his big feet. Over the years he tried mightily to turn me into a golfer (it didn’t work), and was always my best partner when we played pitch with the family. Aside from my mother, Granddad was my biggest, most loving fan.

He wasn’t religious either, but I’m guessing he would have liked this place. I miss him.

candles at San Xavier Mission, Arizona

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  1. It’s amazing how grand cathedrals and missions can hold special meaning for us without regard for our religious/spiritual leanings.

    I remember seeing a documentary about the special history behind the Inn at Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I eagerly planned a trip to see it, and although I’m a long way from Catholic, I felt a special joy sitting in the sanctuary.

    Thanks for sharing your travels. Your Granddad especially liked this one.
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    • Flora,

      It’s interesting how they do generate feelings of reverence, introspection, and, for me, calm. The Inn at Loretto is gorgeous, I’m glad you got to experience it. Thanks for writing!


  2. I never pass a church without going in. Not for the religious experience, but to see some of the most beautiful art and architecture in the world. And it’s all free (mostly). We did have to pay to see churches in Russia.

    • Bonnie,

      Yes! They’re often like museums in themselves. Didn’t know that about Russia – that’s interesting. Thanks for commenting.


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