Can I rewind back to summer? I’m trying not to be crabby about the cold. Indulge me a little and let me relive our family vacation to St. Augustine, Florida!
Joining in at This Ain’t the Lyceum for 7 Quick Takes!
So, what’s a family of 11 with Grandma Cynti tagging along to do on vacation? Cheap, easy, and inspiring activities are at the top of our list!
We decided to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, and WOW are we glad we did. It was so peaceful, so beautiful.
Located in the old part of St. Augustine, it commemorates the site where the Spanish claimed the area for the Church and Spain in 1565. A rustic outdoor altar marks the spot Father López said the first mass, beginning the first mission in the Americas.
After enjoying the large *air-conditioned* gift shop (I could’ve browsed for hours), we ventured out into the muggy yet thankfully shaded grounds.
I loved the simple lines of this statue of St. Joseph!
Mike couldn’t help but take a selfie with St. Joseph, who understands his role as provider and protector of our family like no other. St. Joseph, keep praying for our family and especially Mike, who tries to make our crazy family imitate the Holy Family.
A peaceful little path with the Seven Sorrows of Mary and other little statues surrounded the chapel. Several old gravestones and an outdoor altar (at the spot the first mass was said) were also outside:
The chapel was beautiful! Above the altar was a statue of Our Lady of La Leche (Our Mother of the Milk). Of course, while we all stopped to pray, one of my babies had to nurse! I loved it, and it really impressed upon me how humble God made Himself to come to us as a helpless baby dependent on His mother for everything. Just like my babies, our Savior nursed from His mama and relied on her for a clean diaper and warm place to sleep.
While in the chapel, I prayed for several friends who are having trouble conceiving a child. I also thanked God for giving me my nine babies and plenty of milk!
The kids all had a picture taken with Jesus. Yes, Jesus IS in there somewhere!
Grandma Cynti snapped a family picture of us in front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
My husband captured this beautiful picture of the statue of Father López. The gigantic cross in the background was breathtaking.
The kids were hot and hungry, so after a quick look at the museum we headed back to the condo.
Lovely Lady of La Leche, most loving Mother of Jesus, and my mother, listen to my humble prayer. Your motherly heart knows my every wish, my every need. To you only, his spotless Virgin Mother, has your Divine Son given to understand the sentiments which fill my soul. Yours was the sacred privilege of being the Mother of the Savior.
Intercede with him now, my loving mother, that in accordance with his will (mention your request here). This I ask, O Lady of La Leche, in the name of your Divine Son, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
V. O Mary, conceived without sin.
R. Pray for us who have recourse to you.
Our Lady of La Leche pray for us.