We Are Constantly Striving

Posted by Stephen J. Binz on Jul 7, 2018 5:00:00 AM

2016020San Gabriel Arcangel Mission, the fourth mission established by St. Junipero Serra, is located 10 miles east of Los Angeles in San Gabriel, California. The first occupants of the mission were the Tonga, also called the Gabrieleno. Today, an active diverse parish celebrates nine Sunday Masses -- five in English, three in Spanish and one in Vietnamese. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

The response of Junipero Serra and his followers to the call to share the Gospel is a complex reflection of who we are and have always been as a Church: a sinful yet holy people constantly striving to follow God’s will as best we can in light of our weaknesses and our strengths, with both our blindness and our zeal to be missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. As we follow the Camino of Saint Junípero Serra today, let us work for healing, lamenting what went wrong in the past and acknowledging the real pains that remain. But let us also recognize the heroism of great men and women, native and Hispanic, who sanctified the missions of California and bear witness to their history.

–from Saint Junipero Serra's Camino: A Pilgrimage Guide to the California  Missions

Saint Junipero Serra's Camino


Categories: Saint Junipero Serra, creation, Pilgrimage