The Earth Is Sacred. Chimayo Proves It
My last recollections visiting El Santuario de Chimayó in northern New Mexico (15 Santuario Dr., Chimayo, 505-351-9961; www.holychimayo.us) are as a young boy with asthma-ridden lungs. The centuries-old Roman Catholic Church, the holiest pilgrimage site of its kind in the United States, is best known for the lore of its curative dirt culled from the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains that surround it. Inside the church rests the pocito room, where a tiny pit holds the sacred soil. Crutches line up on the wall just outside, an impressionable testament to the healing power of faith.
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