A great memory on July 16

A day like today calls to mind two great things dear to my heart – friendship & the Carmel Scapular. The feast is a celebration of Mary’s protection and love for all God’s children. She wraps us in the mantle of her love, saving us from the lure of sin, and helping us to grow in our own holiness. The scapular is a spiritual reminder of our deep bonds to the blessed Mother who leads us to Jesus. On this feast, I remember my dear friend from the first days of seminary: Father Raymond. Here’s a picture circa 2009 at Mount Angel Seminary. He is a wonderful Carmelite priest who has truly helped me along my own journey of faith.

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Yesterday, we visited another parish in Mexico City in order to be with God’s people and get a feel of parish life here in the land of Guadalupe. We gathered with the crowds at Iglesia de San Jacinto. We arrive a bit early and participated in the final moments of Eucharistic Adoration. While sitting in the back of the Church, I caught this picture of a lady praying before the sorrowful Christ. Very appropriate as news hits the media circuit with more reports on evil, deaths, and uncertainty in our modern world.

I write to you at the close of a long day visitng Isstehuixtla, a recreation place for swimming with the natural springs of the earth … and a visit to Cuernavaca for lunch and exploration! The day was filled with recreation and relaxation. Here are a few photos:

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The Sacramento Seminarians in Mexico this summer. 

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