A New Civilization of Love

Posted by Stephen J. Binz on Jul 5, 2019 5:00:00 AM

A bronze statue of Blessed Junipero Serra by sculptor Arthur Putnam stands on the grounds of the Presidio Hill in San Diego July 27. Serra chose the spot for the first Alta California mission in 1769. The mission was later moved a few miles away from the presidio. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) 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

Saint Junipero Serra's Camino


Categories: Pope Francis, Pilgrimage, Saint Junipero Serra