“Help From On High”

_HMG7511

Mexico
Through Harold’s Lens:

Please start the music first, as you are enjoying the images and words.
You will receive the full sensual experience of this story.

Ave Maria. Schubert Opera:

Atop
Touching our Lord
Draped in cascading folds of gold
The Immaculate Conception.

Nestled below
Silently in prayer
Whispers of peace
Whispers of help
Whispers for our poor.

Draped in flowing folds of white
Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

Wrinkled old man
Rags of threads
Rags of holes
Shuffles slowly
Cobblestones.

Soft knock
Rugged mesquite door
Rusted hinge creaks
Angelic face
Peers
From within.

Humbled old man
Twisted
Gnarled hands
Paints cross on chest
Head bows.

Aging hands of love
Quietly pass nourishment.

Whispers
Of love
Of comfort

Old old
Our sick
Our poor
Our lonely.

Amen

“Photograph Of The Week” For Through Harold’s Lens Image “Church of the Nuns”

Church Of The Nuns. MEXICO Through Harold’s Lens:

The Church of the Immaculate Conception, called Las Monjas (The Nuns) in San Miguel de Allende.

A twelve-sided dome modeled after the Chapel of Les Invalides on the left bank in Paris.

Work on the church began in 1755. The dome was added in 1891.

The statue of the Immaculate Conception sits on the top of the dome.

The convent inside was founded by Dona Maria Josefa Lina de la Canal y Hervas, the eldest daughter of San Miguel de Allende’s wealthiest family.

She was the town’s richest debutante and most eligible bachelorette.

At the age of 16, when her parents died, she petitioned the King of Spain to found a congregation to be known as the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception.

She then donated the land and took her huge inheritance and built a convent to hold 72 nuns.

At her death at the age of 34, Josefa was interred after the most elaborate funeral the town had ever witnessed.

The Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, the same order that founded the convent in 1754, is the same order that resides in the convent today.

The convent originally held 66 cloistered nuns and 6 secular nuns. These 6 nuns would interface with the outside world. Each nun was to bring a dowry of 4000 pesos.

Today Las Monjas still contains a small cloister of active nuns.

Selected “Photograph Of The Week” by the newspaper Atencion, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 939 other followers