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As our nation celebrates the life, example and sacrificial death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, let us join him i...
01/20/2020

As our nation celebrates the life, example and sacrificial death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, let us join him in praying and working for peace, justice and equality for all.

Gracious God,
though you may not ask me to give my life,
as did Dr. King,
that all might enjoy peace, justice and equality,
following in the way of Jesus,
give me the courage to work
for peace, justice and equality,
among those whose lives intersect with mine.

Today's Readings:
1 Sam 15:16-23
Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23
Mark 2:18-22

Annually, January 18-25 is dedicated throughout the Christian world as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Just as J...
01/19/2020

Annually, January 18-25 is dedicated throughout the Christian world as the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Just as Jesus prayed at the Last Supper for unity among all God's children, Christians of all denominations, including Catholics, and including here at the Santuario, pray that the divisions among Christians may be healed. To that end, there will be a prayer service at the Santo Nino Chapel, on the Santuario grounds, on Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 p.m., to which all are invited. Come join us for an hour of prayers, song, Scripture and silence.

01/19/2020

Today's first reading begins with the words, "The Lord said to me: You are my servant." Though that message was originally directed to Isaiah and/or to Israel, it also came to be applied to Jesus and now to us.

In what way am I being God's servant, helping to share God's message of love, mercy and forgiveness to the world? Though most of us will not do it as missionaries in another part of the world, am I acting as God's missionary/message-bearer to those in "my world"? Who in my world needs to hear me tell of or show them God's love, mercy and forgiveness--an elderly and depressed parent? a legislator desperately trying to live the Gospel in her political world? a child who failed an important test? a co-worker dispirited by being laid off from work? even a sick pet?

O God,
use me as your servant today.

Today's Readings:
Isa 49:3, 5-6
Ps 40:2, 4, 7-10
1 Cor 1:1-3
John 1:29-34

01/18/2020

Today's first reading is the narrative of God's choosing and Samuel's anointing Israel's first king, Saul. For what has God specially chosen you? To be a nurturing parent? a loving spouse? partner in a project that reaches out to the homeless? a great teacher? a student always eager to learn? a spiritual leader in your community? a...…..?

Oh, Chosen One,
thank you for that for which you've chosen me.
Teach me to follow your ways,
as I respond to your call.

Today's Readings:
1 Sam 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1
Ps 21:2-7
Mark 2:13-17

01/17/2020

In today's first reading, we learn of the Israelites' request for a human king, "like other nations." Samuel reminds the people of the costs of having a king other than Yahweh: sons taken and killed as soldiers, daughters and animals taken as slaves, the best produce and flocks taken for the king and his upkeep. The people won't listen to the prophet, and still demand a king. So, God tells Samuel to "grant their request and appoint a king to rule them."

Do I sometimes behave like the Israelites and want my own way, no matter the cost to myself or others?

God of Mercy,
lead me in your ways, not mine!

Today's Readings:
1 Sam 8:4-7, 10-22a
Ps 89:16-19
Mark 2:1-12

01/16/2020

Today's first reading narrates events surrounding several major defeats of the Israelites by the mighty and fierce Philistines. Though we may or may not be involved in physical fighting like these sworn enemies, we do face various forms of opposition in our lives--often emotionally or spiritually.

May we pray, with the Psalmist, for God's mercy, no matter what opposition we face:
"Redeem us, Lord, because of your mercy."

Today's Readings:
1Sam 4:1-11
Ps 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25
Mark 1:40-45

During the Christmas season we heard about God's speaking to Joseph and to the Magi via dreams. In today's first reading...
01/15/2020

During the Christmas season we heard about God's speaking to Joseph and to the Magi via dreams. In today's first reading we learn of God's getting the child Samuel's attention by speaking to him in the night also. At first, thinking that Eli the priest, with whom Samuel is staying, was calling him, the child goes to Eli to see what he wanted. Eli, eventually realizing it is God who is calling Samuel, instructs the child to answer, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."

How well do I listen for God's voice, God's messages to me--in the night, or whenever God speaks?

Here I am, Lord.
Speak, for I am listening,
and wish to do your will.

Today's Readings:
1 Sam 3:1-10, 19-20
Ps 40:2, 5, 7-10
Mark 1:29-39

01/14/2020

As we continue to read Hannah's story in 1 Samuel, we learn today of her intense prayer for a child and God's granting her a son, who would eventually become the great prophet Samuel. She did not give up in asking God for that for which she longed. Am I persistent in my prayer?

Gracious God,
I ask you today, especially for....
[for example, relief to the wildfires in Australia, a child like Hannah requested, peace in my family/in the world, …]

Today's Readings:
1 Sam 1:9-20
Ps = 1 Sam 1, 4-8abcd
Mark 1:21-28

01/13/2020

Today the Church begins to read from 1 Samuel, starting with the story of his barren mother Hannah, set in a culture where being childless was considered a punishment from God for some offense. Of course, Hannah had done nothing to merit God's wrath; and every year she and her husband went on pilgrimage to a holy shrine to ask God's blessing.

For what blessing do I wish to ask God, perhaps with a pilgrimage to the Santuario or some other holy place of significance to me?

O God,
I ask you for the blessing of...….
Please help me to remember
that with persistence, just like Hannah and her husband,
I will find my prayer answered
in the way you best see fit.

Today's Readings:
1 Sam 1:9-20
Ps = 1 Sam 2:1, 4-8bcd
Mark 1:21-28

This feast of the Baptism of the Lord is an appropriate time to recall our own baptisms. While many/most of us can not r...
01/12/2020

This feast of the Baptism of the Lord is an appropriate time to recall our own baptisms. While many/most of us can not remember the actual day of our baptism (because we were baptized as infants), we would do well to recall the meaning of that special day, the day we were officially welcomed into the Family of God. Can we imagine God proclaiming to the world, as happened to Jesus: "This is my Beloved Son/Daughter, with whom I am well pleased"?

Thank you, Loving God,
for calling me your Beloved Daughter/Son.
Help me to live up to that designation.

Today's Readings:
Isa 42:1-4, 6-7
Ps 29:1-4, 9-10
Acts 10:34-38
Matt 3:13-17

Paul tells us in today's first reading that "We have this confidence in him [God] that if we ask anything ACCORDING TO H...
01/11/2020

Paul tells us in today's first reading that
"We have this confidence in him [God] that if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, he hears us."

O God of All Blessings,
thank you for hearing all my prayers,
answering them as you best see fit.
Keep reminding me that I can ask anything,
never forgetting to ask with an attitude of
"thy will be done."

Today's Readings:
1 John 5:14-21
Ps 149:1-6a, 9b
John 3:22-30

01/10/2020

As we move toward the end of the Christmas Season (Sunday, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, is the last day of the Liturgical Season of Christmas) and return to Ordinary Time, it may be easy for us to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, the real reason Christ came. In an effort to keep us focused on the continuing "work" of Christmas, we offer the following:

When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the magi are back home,
when the shepherds are once more with their flocks,
then the work of Christmas really begins--
to find the lost,
to heal the broken,
to feed the hungry,
to release the prisoners unjustly held,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace to all people,
to make music in the heart!
[adapted from a Shaker poem]

Gracious God, who gifted us with your Only Son,
keep reminding us why you sent him,
and give us the inspiration to continue his work,
bringing Love to birth in the world around us.

Today's Readings:
1 John 5:5-13
Ps 147:12-15, 19-20
Luke 5:12-16

01/09/2020

The author of 1 John minces no words when he reminds us how important it is to love others:
"If anyone says, 'I love God,' but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother." Of course, John does not mean only my blood brother, but every brother and sister in God's family--including and especially those most difficult to love--those who have hurt me, ignored me, disappointed me, bothered me,... .

O God, you who are Love,
teach me how to love those sisters and brothers
who are most difficult to love--
so that I can then truly say I love you, too!

Today's Readings:
1 John 4:19--5:4
Ps 72:1-2, 14, 15bc, 17
Luke 4:14-22

01/08/2020

"Perfect love drives out fear," John says in today's first reading. If we but look around, pay attention to the news, even look into our own hearts, we see so much of life is ruled by fear. Fear that I won't be able to provide for my family, now that I live with constant pain. Fear that I am not good enough, wealthy enough, healthy enough, powerful enough. Fear that I won't be able to complete that project or course paper to satisfy my boss or my professor. Fear that instability in the Middle East will lead to yet another war. Fear that... . You name it, and we find fear lurking everywhere.

But John tells us, also in this reading, that if we love one another, God's love will be perfected in us.

O God, who is love,
take my imperfect love
and make it perfect in you,
enough to drive away all my fears.

Today's Readings:
1 John 4:11-18
Ps 72:1-2, 10, 12-13
Mark 6:45-52

Today's first reading provides a beautifully poetic, but real reminder that God is LOVE. So, everywhere that I encounter...
01/07/2020

Today's first reading provides a beautifully poetic, but real reminder that God is LOVE. So, everywhere that I encounter love, there I meet God. When I see two people in love holding hands, I see God. When I observe a mother cradling her newborn, I meet God. When I view a daddy playing catch with his toddler, there I see God. When someone sends me a loving and supportive text when someone I love dies, I experience God. Where am I meeting God today?

Today's Readings:
1 John 4:7-10
Ps 72:1-4, 7-8
Mark 6:34-44

01/06/2020

Several times in today's first reading, John writes that we "belong to God." What does it mean for me, in my life, to belong to God--rather than to the world? If I truly belong to someone, I am not their slave, but their loved one. I am loved by God, fully, unconditionally! What an awesome thought, an awesome reality!

Thank you, Awesome God,
for your unconditional love!

Today's Readings:
1 John 3:22--4:6
Ps 2:7bc-8, 10-12a
Matt 4:12-17, 23-25

Throughout much of the world, Epiphany (today, or tomorrow, January 6) is the day gifts are exchanged, instead of on Chr...
01/05/2020

Throughout much of the world, Epiphany (today, or tomorrow, January 6) is the day gifts are exchanged, instead of on Christmas. Though many of us will not give or receive physical gifts today, we might still reflect on the gifts God gives to us every day, including the gift of his only Son. Further, have I given thanks for the gifts I did receive on Christmas? Am I a person of gratitude?

Gracious God,
who gifts me every single day,
I thank you for each and every blessings, especially for....
Guide me also in finding the best way
to thank those who gifted me this Christmas Season.

Today's Readings:
Isa 60:1-6
Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13
Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6
Matt 2:1-12

Today the Church remembers and honors St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, America's first native-born canonized saint. Born into an...
01/04/2020

Today the Church remembers and honors St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, America's first native-born canonized saint. Born into an Episcopal family in 1774--before the USA was even a nation--she accomplished much in her short 47 years of life. Married at 19, and giving birth to 5 children, she became a widow before she was 30. Always dependent upon God, she became a Catholic 2 years after her husband died. After some difficult years, "she founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, the first community for religious women established in the United States. She also began St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, planting the seeds of Catholic education in the United States." (Info from setonshrine.org, official website of her shrine in Emmitsburg, MD)

St. Elizabeth Ann,
teach us to imitate you,
finding God in all aspects of life,
no matter where we are in our journey,
and serving others, especially the most vulnerable,
whether in family, community or work setting .

Today's Readings:
1 John 3:7-10
Ps 98:1, 7-9
John 1:35-42

01/03/2020

"See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God," we hear in today's first reading.

If we can imagine being loved by the very best parents in the world, then multiply that love thousands of times, we can begin to have a small idea of just how much God loves us as his children.

Gracious God,
thank you for loving us so much--
helping us to become the children you invite us to be.

Today's Readings:
1 John 2:29--3:6
Ps 98:1, 3cd-6
John 1:29-34

01/02/2020

In today's first reading from 1 John, the author repeatedly uses the phrase "remain in him," urging his readers to remain in Jesus. What does he mean by these words? We might remain in someone's home, or stay wrapped in a cozy blanket, or continue to subscribe to another's way of living, or be embraced in someone's love. All of these might be analogies of how we remain in the Christ. What is my most recent experience of "remaining in him"?

God of Love and Mercy,
hold me close,
teaching me how to remain in you,
today and every day of this new year.

Today's Readings:
1 John 2:22-28
Ps 98:1-4
John 1:19-28

Every time we pray the "Hail Mary," we proclaim, "Holy Mary, Mother of God." Yet, how often do we stop to reflect on the...
01/01/2020

Every time we pray the "Hail Mary," we proclaim, "Holy Mary, Mother of God." Yet, how often do we stop to reflect on the meaning of those words? What does it mean to acknowledge Mary as "Mother of God"?

If Jesus is both human and divine, and if Mary is his mother, then she is the mother not only of his human dimension, but also of the divine Son. A mystery no doubt, but the Church now gives us an entire day to ponder and to celebrate this mystery of Mary as God's Mother, just as today's Scriptures tell us that Mary pondered the mysteries alive in her life.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
teach us how to live with mystery,
especially the mystery of suffering and death,
just as you did.
Guide us in following in your footsteps,
and in the footsteps of your Son.

Today's Readings:
Num 6:22-27
Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Gal 4:4-7
Luke 2:16-21

12/31/2019

The last day of the year is a perfect time for most of us to count our blessings. A helpful practice to aid in doing this, practiced by many, is to make an actual list of the many ways in which God has blessed me and/or my family during 2019. Forget about the burdens and difficulties for the moment, and just concentrate on the blessings. How long a list can I make?

Thank you, Loving God,
for each and every blessing
you've given to me and/or my loved ones this past year.

Today's Readings:
1John 2:18-21
Ps 96:1-2, 11-13
John 1:1-18

In today's readings, John warns against becoming entangled in love of "the world and the things of the world," while Luk...
12/30/2019

In today's readings, John warns against becoming entangled in love of "the world and the things of the world," while Luke tells of Anna, the 84-year-old widow who spends day and night worshiping God in the temple and telling all of the infant Savior she met and recognized there.

While all but a few of us have other commitments and cannot spend all of our time in prayer like Anna, we can adjust our focus and our attitudes, if need be, to the spiritual realities of our lives, instead of so much on frivolous things of the world. For example, as Franciscan Fr. Daniel P. Horan notes in a reflection in "Give Us This Day," let's follow the Church's lead in continuing to celebrate the birth of the Infant Savior until the Baptism of the Lord, this year on January 12, and not put away our Christmas trees and decorations and stop singing Christmas carols so quickly.

Today's Readings:
1 John 2:12-17
Ps 96:7-10
Luke 2:36-40

On this feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, special blessings are sent out to each of you from...
12/29/2019

On this feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, special blessings are sent out to each of you from all the Sons of the Holy Family who serve here at the Santuario!

As we are reminded in today's Holy Family Parish bulletin (in an article by Fr. Andrew Ricci), all families, including that of the Holy Family, experience both burdens and blessings. What burdens have/is my family experiencing? What blessings has my family known?

And, above all, do we remember that no matter how great or small our burdens, God walks with us every moment, every step? And, no matter how great or small our blessings, we owe God our thanks.

Today's Readings:
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14
Ps 128:1-5
Col 3:12-21
Matt 2:13-15, 19-23

Today the Church remembers the Holy Innocents, murdered at Herod's command, to be sure to wipe out any future king and t...
12/28/2019

Today the Church remembers the Holy Innocents, murdered at Herod's command, to be sure to wipe out any future king and threat to his own kingship--namely, the Infant Jesus, whom the Magi saw, gifted and worshipped as king. Unwittingly, their visit to Herod when seeking this newborn king, led to Herod's violent decree and to the Holy Family's flight to Egypt.

Let us remember today all infants, injured and/or killed through abortion, war, family jealousy, drive-by shootings, road rage incidents, gang and drug-related violence, and other means.

Loving God,
may your tender love enfold these and all children
in your divine compassion and mercy.

Today's Readings:
1 John 1:5--2:2
Ps 124:2-5, 7b-8
Matt 2:13-18

Every year on December 27 we celebrate the feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist, probably also the one referred to ...
12/27/2019

Every year on December 27 we celebrate the feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist, probably also the one referred to in the Fourth Gospel as "the Beloved Disciple." May we, like John, take seriously our call to spread the Good News of God's love, mercy and forgiveness.

Today's Readings:
1 John 1:1-4
Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
John 20:1a, 2-8

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15 Santuario Dr, PO Box 235
Chimayo, NM
87522

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

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This church gor me is healing and peaseful feeling inside when I visit I beleive in this church and the blessings it gives me
Thank y God Bless
Thanks for the work of the Christ
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Thank you and God Bless.
This is a heavenly place to visit and spend time there I have been going their since the 90's and have continue to go up to this year I was not able to my trip as my husband had brain surgery on 8-6-2018 and lost the use of his left leg so we are thankful he didn't have cancer and the only problem is his left leg but with God's blessing he will regain his walking ability and I will return to the Santuario I really have missed my annual trips there may God Bless the beautiful people at the Santuario and to all blessings from Martha & Gabriel Gonzalez.
Milliones de Gracias!
It makes miracles come true. Went with my spouse and prayed deeply for her cancer and the Christ of Chimayo give her the heeling. The serenity of the church and the place itself is overwhelmingly loved
Pray for special intentions!
Thank you 🙏