Chimayo…a most sacred shrine in New Mexico…a special place for prayer and healing  Photo and quote from this website…

Santuario de Chimayo

The “dirt” found at the room known as the “pocito” (well) is considered holy because in this spot the crucifix of Our Lord of Esquipulas was found by Bernardo Abeyta in 1810.  Since then thousands of pilgrims and vistors have come to El Santuario de Chimayo searching for spiritual, emotional and physical healing.

Judy and I felt so much at peace while visiting this sacred shrine on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the small town of Chimayo.  The breadth and depth of human connectedness and spirituality is exemplified on the grounds of this very old church and sanctuary.  The church was built between 1813 and 1816 and has been preserved as a national historical site.  People of all faiths come here to make prayer requests for loved ones seeking spiritual, emotional, and physical healing.  There are hundreds of photos of the folks who represent prayer requests.  There is also a section for combat veterans who were lost in war or severely injured in battle.

Although Santuario de Chimayo is a Catholic parish which celebrates mass daily, it is a place for spiritual healing for people of all faiths.  Diversity is very apparent on these sacred grounds.  As we walked through the Madonna Gardens, we noted a marble statue of Mother and Child donated by a Vietnamese family in honor of their loved ones.  The Native American Cenacle honors the spirituality and healing needs of local natives.  We were so grateful to be open to the spiritual connectedness of this tranquil place.  Prayer requests can be made on-line by clicking

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story 

3 thoughts on “Chimayo…a most sacred shrine in New Mexico…a special place for prayer and healing

  1. Roscoe

    Thank You for the fine book, reading this made me think of myself and close childhood friends, me being the son of a WW11Navy vet, Richard M the son of a B17 navigator and Ron J. the son of a WW11 UDT “frogman”
    all three of us were offspring of some pretty seriously troubled men. We all didn’t realize the problem of PTSD our dads suffered from, and unfortunately became troubled ourselves. I liked your comment on the intergenerational effects this had had on our lives, and how we can become the weakest link in the chain of intergenerational PTS through forgiveness and understanding. Although I am not of any mainstream religious persuasion, one thought has been with me for many years is “Forgive them for they knew not what they have done” I’ve worked long and hard on this thought,as you have
    Thanks again for a very powerful book and having the courage to reveal your life’s challenges and victories .

  2. Noelle the dreamer

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you very much for sharing! I have traveled the world and find that such place will help me to find peace no matter how faraway from home I am!
    Blessings to you and yours,

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