The city of San Antonio is known for The Alamo, a Franciscan Mission that became a famous battle ground. Less known and often ignored by locals and tourists alike, are the four other missions along the San Antonio River that helped to create the city of San Antonio. They are places that I find spiritually fulfilling and renewing. You should visit them soon!
Mission San Juan Capistrano
This statue stands directly in front of the mission church at San Juan. I do not know if this is a native-inspired representation of the Virgin Mary, or if she is simply the statue of a woman. I do know that she gives me a sense of peace. That's enough for me.
Mission San Jose
The repetition of this image draws me in--in life we walk through areas of shadow and light, shadow and light, until we reach the destination. That destination is often hidden from us, but I choose to think it is a clear and sunny place.
All Ways Lead to the Center
This corridor at Concepcion connects several rooms to the mission Church. Many of the rooms are connected internally, as well, so that all the doors lead to the same place of silent contemplation. I know that all of the paths I have taken all of the doors I have entered, have been a part of my own spiritual awakening.
All ways lead to the center; all ways lead to the soul.