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Prayer Tree

 

The Loretto Chapel

Santa Fe

 

Moar C.S. Lewis! Prayer isn't an obligation in this case, and it serves not only God (presumably why we pray), but is also beneficial to the individual praying. Lewis recognizes both parties in the relationship and how important both God and human beings are in this dynamic.:

 

Prayer Tree

 

The Loretto Chapel

Santa Fe

 

Moar C.S. Lewis! Prayer isn't an obligation in this case, and it serves not only God (presumably why we pray), but is also beneficial to the individual praying. Lewis recognizes both parties in the relationship and how important both God and human beings are in this dynamic.:

 

comments (9)

Nicely abstract, Elizabeth, this was a fascinating place.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank! It was - I felt very at peace here.
  • Ray
  • Surin, Thailand
  • 24 Sep 2015, 05:08
Hmmmm...a tree with religious amulets dangling from it, and nicely shot by Elizabeth.

Ole C.S. sounds like a bit of a no-hoper, heh!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes - I'm not sure what the tradition is, as I'm not Catholic, and I'm certainly not Mexican or Spanish - they seem to have a lot of beliefs and traditions I'm not familiar with. We find things like this a lot - along with roadside shrines (that are different from memorials).

Well - C.S. Lewis may sound like a no-hoper to you - and I can understand that. But if you've read any of his work, you'd understand he's actually the most hopeful, optimistic human... he relies on and gives the glory to God. When he says he is helpless, it's because he knows that his strength comes from God - thus he prays, and is strong.
Quite a fascinating image Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Richard!
  • Alan
  • Bellingham, Washington.
  • 24 Sep 2015, 06:26
I missed some of your earlier Lorrtto Chapel images; I'll try to catch up. It is a fascinating place; the staircase especially. I'm trying to think where the prayer tree is; outside of the Chapel, I should think?

Just a week to go!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: When you have time... It is a lovely Chapel - and yes, the prayer tree is right outside. There's actually two of them, but the one in the "back" is bigger and has more rosaries.

YEA!!!!! So excited!! smile
  • Ray
  • Surin, Thailand
  • 24 Sep 2015, 08:00
I have read C.S.'s Chronicles of Narnia...I thought the first book was a really well imagined Fantasy for Kids, but then the rest of the set over-milked the whole fantasy.
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 24 Sep 2015, 08:17
I suppose this is carrying on the pre-Christian traditions of decorating holy trees - we have some near holy wells in this country that are still being festooned today
A lovely find regardless of why it is there.
Very touching Elizabeth.
A beautiful shot of it Elizabeth.

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