Perfect Moment Monday: Path of Hearts

by Lori Lavender Luz on June 15, 2009

in Denver,Perfect Moment

Come join me on my perfect moment adventure.My children and I had an outing to Mother Cabrini Shrine this week along with my sister’s family and a friend and her children.

In 1912, The shrine:

“was established by Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini for the purpose of spreading the gospel and providing a peaceful summer atmosphere for orphan children.

On this site, Mother Cabrini arranged large white stones in the shape of a heart, surrounded by a smaller stone cross and crown of thorns. The 373 steps that lead to a 22-foot statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are adorned by the Stations of the Cross, the mysteries of the rosary and the Ten Commandments. A cool spring of miraculous water still flows today after Mother Cabrini found it on the barren hilltop.”

I enjoy coming up here for clarity. I came once years ago with a group of spiritually seeking women on gloriously perfect late-summer Sunday and I reflected on myself as a once barren place, then flowing with new motherhood. The sky was so blue that day, the clearest blue imaginable. I could look out over my beautiful city in one direction, and into higher mountains in the other. Crisp colors of a perfect world.I had a moment of being anchored in something firm and everlasting. It was September 9, 2001. Right before everything changed.

Visits continue to bring perfect moments to my body and my spirit. My children now enjoy the rambling about, the occasional elk herd, the fresh air and exercise. This time, Tessa meditated as she circumambulated a rosary of flagstones that enclosed one of the ubiquitous sacred heart symbols on the property. She says she was thinking of the people she loves.

Come along with me.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Bonnie April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

What a beautiful post. I love the pictures. How wonderful for you to take the time to reflect and be thankful.

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edenland April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Wow. Your part of the world has striking similarities to my part, Lori … the blue and the green tones.

I was talking about you to my sisters on the weekend, all laughing at how Dave would call you LOZZAA.

Voting for you every day. XOXOX

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Bonnie April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

What a beautiful post. I love the pictures. How wonderful for you to take the time to reflect and be thankful.

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edenland April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Wow. Your part of the world has striking similarities to my part, Lori … the blue and the green tones.

I was talking about you to my sisters on the weekend, all laughing at how Dave would call you LOZZAA.

Voting for you every day. XOXOX

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Ah, somehow we’re often on the same wavelength. Or on differnt ends of the same wavelength, anyway.

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Kristin April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Oh how wonderful!

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Martha April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Thank you so much for this beautiful tour. So lovely, peaceful, and I appreciate you sharing w/us.

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becomingwhole April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

This post really has me thinking about those places we return to again and again and how we are a little different each time, but how they feed our souls in a deep way. Beautiful photos, also.

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Phoebe April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

I didn’t know you could visit there? I’ve always just driven by. Your post has intrigued me.

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Sheri April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Mother Cabrini Shrine reminds me of growing up, family picnics (rain), Chataqua (sp?), Santa Maria, etc.

Thanks for such a wonderful post and a great slide show.

I’m voting for your very inspiring blog every day too!

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Furrow April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Ah, somehow we’re often on the same wavelength. Or on differnt ends of the same wavelength, anyway.

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Kristin April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Oh how wonderful!

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Martha April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Thank you so much for this beautiful tour. So lovely, peaceful, and I appreciate you sharing w/us.

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becomingwhole April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

This post really has me thinking about those places we return to again and again and how we are a little different each time, but how they feed our souls in a deep way. Beautiful photos, also.

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Phoebe April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

I didn’t know you could visit there? I’ve always just driven by. Your post has intrigued me.

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Sheri April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Mother Cabrini Shrine reminds me of growing up, family picnics (rain), Chataqua (sp?), Santa Maria, etc.

Thanks for such a wonderful post and a great slide show.

I’m voting for your very inspiring blog every day too!

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Anita April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

This place sounds wonderful!

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Anita April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

This place sounds wonderful!

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Amber April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

This, my dear, was a beautiful post. And has inspired me that I MUST take my kids to the shrine this summer.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

I love the slide show. I would love to visit that place. Twittering my perfect moment right now.

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

What a nice family moment.

I haven’t had the time to post my own perfect moments – if I am quiet of mind enough to have them – but it is nice to come here and share yours.

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Amber April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

This, my dear, was a beautiful post. And has inspired me that I MUST take my kids to the shrine this summer.

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Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

I love the slide show. I would love to visit that place. Twittering my perfect moment right now.

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Kami April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

What a nice family moment.

I haven’t had the time to post my own perfect moments – if I am quiet of mind enough to have them – but it is nice to come here and share yours.

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