St. Junipero Serra was a Franciscan who truly echoed the reverent and grateful spirit of St. Francis. And surely the profound respect and spiritual power the Native Americans saw throughout the earth and the wondrous praise of God offered by the followers of St. Francis can together bring about a renewed world today. As we follow in the way of St. Junipero Serra and enjoy the beautiful California missions, the questions before us have become the challenges of our discipleship today. Can the divine sparks still alive from missionary California come to flame today to bring about reconciliation and abundant life for the people of this land? Can the missionary past be transformed into something new that speaks powerfully and challenges the era in which we live? The rich spirituality of pilgrimage in the Camino of St. Junípero can arouse within Christian travelers today a deep desire to hope, work, and pray for a new civilization of love.
–from Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California Missions by Stephen J. Binz