Our Visit to La Gruta de Lourdes in Trujillo Alto
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We have driven by this place several times without even noticing it.
I have been writing full color books on the pueblos of Puerto Rico. You can find Amazon ads for two of them down within this hub. As I have been working on a book about Trujillo Alto, I discovered a place of sanctuary and peace smack-dab in the middle of this somewhat busy municipality. It is called La Gruta de Lourdes.
La Gruta de Lourdes is a Catholic parish built many years back. In time, the church has purchased more land beyond this lovely place and they have built a place of solitude and peace.
Neither my wife (Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill) nor I are Catholic, but that would not stop us from seeing the place where many Catholic worshipers flock to. I know that there are many "Christians" who think that Catholicism is evil and wrong. I must first say that I respectfully disagree. As I saw the figures of Jesus, I know that they also worship the Son of God. I don't agree with praying to Mary, but if you really looked hard at any particular religious organization, they all have some things wrong. I was born into a Roman Catholic family on my Dad's side. I remember going to services and listening to Latin for hours; kneeling and sitting; kneeling and sitting. I am now a believer in Jesus Christ and I claim Him, not a denomination.
As we entered the parking lot of La Gruta de Lourdes, we noticed a parish Priest and Maria asked him if we could look around. With a big smile and a wave of his hand, in Spanish he said to have fun. He explained how many acres there were and we could walk them all.
I took pictures of the beautiful small church. There is now a much larger worship place further back.
As we walked behind the small sanctuary, my eyes enlightened. An older woman was tending the beautiful plants and shrubs. We saw such beauty around us that I cannot describe in words.
I will describe with the pictures. That is the only fair way. Keep in mind that many of the statues that were in the woods behind the sanctuary are covered in plastic to protect from the elements and are only uncovered during special times.
I recommend that when you visit Puerto Rico, make a special trip to Trujillo Alto and La Gruta de Lourdes. I felt God's presence all around.
Here are the pictures and below are two of the pueblo books I have finished. Buy them and know more about this beautiful island.
Come visit La Gruta de Lourdes for a tranquil moment in time.
© G.L. Boudonck
© 2012 Greg Boudonck
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