Posted by: 2in10 | 03/21/2011

holy dirt

I was planning to write about the air-cleaning properties of houseplants today, but in my mailbox I found a small, priority-mail package from a dear friend in Los Angeles. She and her husband and daughter recently visited El Santuario de Chimayo to seeking healing for her husband who is having treatment for cancer.

El Santuario de Chimayo is a small chapel outside Sante Fe, New Mexico where thousands make a pilgrimage each year to ask for healing. The chapel was built at the place where the crucifix of Nuestro Senor de Esquipulas was found by Don Bernardo Abeyta in 1810.

Father Casimiro Roca, a native of Italy, recognized the importance of the crumbling little church and was instrumental in the restoration of its physical plant as well as its mission over the past 5o years.

My package contained a beautiful cross and some Holy Dirt. The tablespoon of beige soil comes with “instructions,” that tell the reader to rub the Holy Dirt over the part of your body that needs healing. You can learn more at www.elsantuariodechimayo.us.

On a linked website, http://grainofwheat.blogspot.com, I found these excerpts from a post dated February 9, 2010 that for me go well with the treasures I received today:

Most of us use too many words when we pray…

We do not need to tell God anything when we pray…

The purpose of prayer is not to change God but to change us…

What God wants of us more than anything else is that we sometimes put everything aside and enter into the silence of our own heart and keep watch for him…”

Especially in Lent.

Carolyn

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