Recently we took a short morning trip to San Juan Capistrano to visit the historic mission there. The Mission at San Juan Capistrano is called "The Jewel of the Missions", and is a beautiful and fulfilling way to spend a morning or afternoon.
The wonderful gardens provide space for contemplation and rest. The Serra Chapel, which is California's only chapel still standing in which Saint Serra celebrated Mass, is a peaceful place for prayer and worship.
The many exhibits at the Mission describe the history of the area and the Mission itself, the lives of the native peoples and the missionaries, and have many activities for kids. More information on the exhibits can be found at the Mission website.
When we go to the mission, we like to light candles for people who are in our prayers. This trip, we lit candles for several of our family members and friends who are in treatment for cancer. Moments like these are a great opportunity to talk to our children about thinking of others, praying for others and making the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy part of our daily lives.
The Mission is a place we try to return to regularly (we have a Membership, which is a good deal if you plan to go several times per year). Our kids love to go and explore the grounds, light candles for their prayer intentions, and visit the exhibits. We find that visiting the Mission provides our family with a peace that, at times, is lacking when we are exposed to a very "busy" and self-focused world.
Visiting the Mission is also one of the activities on our Summer Passport, so visit today!
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