Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions
Each of the missions is a unique jewel and a spiritual oasis. Some are found wedged into cities; others are surrounded by mountains and valleys. They range from simple to ornate. The grounds are filled with bells, statues, fountains, and gardens, all symbols of life and feasts of color. Old Spanish mission art can be found next to Indian wall paintings. Symbols of piety from two centuries form a wonderful holy mix.
But author Stephen J. Binz does not gloss over the sometimes-painful historical aspects of the missions. The mission histories are difficult reading, documenting mistreatment and uprisings. But despite the many flaws of the Spanish mission system, the gospel still found ways in these missions to break through to hurting communities—and it continues to break through today.
For each of the 21 missions, this guide offers you the street address for your GPS, the mission’s website, a brief history of the place, the story of the mission’s patron or namesake, and information about the mission bells. You’ll be given a tour of the mission church, as well as a prayer service for your visit.
But this book is much more than a simple travel guide. You’ll learn more about the life of Saint Junípero Serra, whose vision is responsible for this holy Camino. You’ll be enriched by two interwoven traditions: the Spanish Franciscan and the American Indian. You’ll find yourself becoming more committed to being a missionary disciple, always desiring to communicate the reason for the joy and hope that is within you.
Let the journey begin.
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The obvious has already been stated. Truly missed it by not having more pictures, including some better close ups and in color. To use this as a pilgrimage guide, it would be fantastic. To use it as an armchair pilgrimage because you can't make it in reality it truly missed out on a great opportunity.
I truly like the pre-mission chapters discussing the life of St. Serra, the politics at the time and some of the corresponding historical events that were happening elsewhere (writing of the Declaration of Independence while they were establishing the Mission of St. Francis of Assisi, or which mission was in a Hollywood film). These were great antidotes.
Particularly liked the specifics of each mission (founding, purpose, history, restoration, other sites near by, etc).; as well as the associated Bible chapter/verse and prayers. Really set the tone. However, because it was a geographical (South to North) progression, I was sometimes confused historically from one to the next. Not sure how to rectify that either.
of the visits when i was able to do so except for San Antonio de Padua, which was within a military reservation to which i thought it would be difficult to obtain access and keep up with my schedule.
I liked the prayer for each mission but I agree with the other reviewer. Part of taking a pilgrimage is the visual response and there were just not enough pictures to make you feel you were really there.
There are no worthwhile picture s for an arm-chair pilgrimage and
I was very disapppointed and expected to at least something more
helpful to visualize the various places and cannot understand why
those barely visible were even used, when there are so many ways
he could have at shown something . I will not recommend this book
unless one has a subscription to a source to obtain them.
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