Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Our Lady of Balmorhea -- Beautiful Woman of the Desert

La Calera Chapel, west of Toyahvale, is a sacred space in the desert. It is the only surviving building of La Calera ghost town and is maintained by the Calera Foundation. At night under the desert sky the Milky Way redefines itself flowing across the sky from northeast to southwest through the constellation Sagittarius. Awesome. The practice of silence out here -- of just sitting -- brings oneness and peace. Nothing else matter but this moment in His Presence, The Sublime Glory.

A couple of notes: (1) I totally forgot the role of BVM in requesting the miracle at Cana, the first in the gospel narrative; although, I didn't see it at the site, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in Munich, Germany. (2) The music is Franz Schubert, Ave Maria, sung by Barbara Hendricks. I hope I haven't offended any purists who would have preferred Placido Domingo to sing to Our Lady of Guadalupe rather than the original aria in German as written by Schubert for the opera.

There is a better mouse trap at this the Picasa Web Site; that is, if you are interested in better quality photos than what YouTube has accomplished here; although, Picasa has been grossly undependable and I am linking now in the ho
pe that it will appear anytime.


"We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out."

Detail of painting by Contreras, 2008
Our Lady of Guadalupe
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1 comment:

Steve said...

I have been trying to reach you by email - at the address given in your blogger profile - to see if you will be in Balmorhea this weekend. If you're not able to read mail on that account is there some other way to reach you? -Steve