Sunday Visit to El Santuario de Chimayo


Today D and I went to Chimayo with my family. It was a good day. We left in the morning and came back in the late afternoon. It was such a gorgeous day up north. The amazing blue sky gently enveloped the sacred, historic site.

I know all of us thought about how much my grandma and her sister loved that place when they were alive. My grandma believed in Santuario’s power to cure every ailment be it mental or physical. I picked up gifts for one of my special girlfriends who is very religious. She will appreciate the gifts.


I came across an old friend selling sweet smelling, handmade soaps, sage smudge sticks, and Chimayo chili. It is always good to support local creatives, so I dropped 40 on some goods! Following that we went to Rancho de Chimayo for lunch. I had a delish salad there.

Tonight I went back to read an old piece I wrote in April of 2012 about El Santuario. It was titled Good Friday: The Penance of Imperfect Creatures. I remember that I really enjoyed writing that piece. I used a quote by Ernst Fischer which says “as machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.”


It is important to embrace our imperfection. Hearing a sermon for sinners today reminded me I’m human. I also reread a lovely quote from Karen Nave I used for that 2012 piece. She said “sometimes we strive so hard for perfection that we forget that imperfection is happiness.” Being human is hard, which is why so many people pray.

We pray for health. We pray for peace. We pray for others. We pray for direction and answers. In times of our deepest human weakness we pray for strength. If my prayers aren’t answered, I know that there’s a reason. I trust in that. Visiting El Santuario always reminds me that I am beautifully flawed. 

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13 Comments on “Sunday Visit to El Santuario de Chimayo”

  1. haridasgowra Says:

    B E A U T I F U L……..

  2. Gede Prama Says:

    I really like and very inspired… 🙂

  3. Sandra Says:

    I love that place. (Eat at ranching de Chimayo or Gabriel’s near the opera in Santa Fe. 🙂

  4. Sandra Says:

    I miss that place!

  5. Sandra Says:

    Oh. Great minds think alike. :-). Love your words. Your healing and understanding of important things. See you in may?

  6. Mom Says:

    What a beautiful day we shared. Thank you!

  7. purpose213 Says:

    Lovely post Felish. Thank you for the thoughtful gifts, I love them all. They are in my glass cabinet with all my other spiritual cositas.
    I miss your sunshiny presence already. 😦

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