18 April 2014

Faith Friday: National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Blessings to you all on this solemn Good Friday.

Today, as we reflect upon the sacrifice that Jesus gave on the Cross for our salvation, I will share with you pictures from a little outing I took earlier this week.

In Portland, there is a place inside the city, but also very far from the city. It's called The Grotto, and it is a sanctuary of nature and serenity in Northeast Portland. When you're on the grounds, you don't realize that the freeway is just meters away; you hear the birds and see squirrels chasing each other, while statues of the Saints look up the giant stone cliff and up on into Heaven.

On Monday I went and spent some time there, taking in the beauty that is Creation and reflecting upon Holy Week. Holy Week is the week leading up to the Easter Celebration. It's the end of the Lenten Season and it's a time for reconciliation. To think that Christ took all the sin of eternity into his mortal body and sacrificed himself as a ransom for us, you would RUN to the confessional.

Here is a glimpse of how I spent my Monday morning:

Information about St. Philip Benizi can be found here.

Information about Our Lady of Sorrows can be found here.

Information about St. Peregrine, the Patron Saint of persons suffering from cancer, can be found here.

A Servite church; more information about the Servite Order can be found here.


  1. Looks like a wonderful way to spend the day. You can help but be inwardly reflective in a location such as this.

    Thank you for sharing and blessings to you and your family this Easter season.

    1. Thank you. I hope your family receives many blessings this Easter season as well.