Saturday, May 26, 2012

Shrine of Our Lady of the Island

I was feeling a little, I don't know, out of touch with the world one Saturday, and I had remembered that I had driven past this shrine about a year ago.  When I had past it, I thought I had remembered being there in the 8th grade, or something like that, and I had made a mental note to head back there.  This Saturday became that day.  I needed a little, I don't know, something extra.  I called ahead to the office, "Are dogs allowed?"  "Yes, as long as they don't step in the planted gardens and you bring an extra baggie."  DEAL.

Just beautiful.

We walked around the Stations of the Cross.

We looked at beautiful statues.

We said a prayer to the saints.

And this is the part I remembered from elementary school - this is a Rosary.  Every bush is a bead of the rosary.  You can see the crucifix which hangs at the end of the beads and then the tall bush would be the first Our Father, the three little bushes are the first three Hail Marys.  I was working on a "I Live My Faith" badge as a Girl Scout back in the 8th grade, and our troop leader brought us here and we said the entire rosary.

We walked up to see the the Crucifixion.

I wonder sometimes when Finn is looking out like this if she is planning to run off!

I felt so much better about myself and the state of my world when we left.  
And I have to say, Finn did a pretty good job there.  
A lot of sniffing and walking, and one tired dog when we left.


  1. Very interesting. The park is quite pretty and its neat they allow dogs

    urban hounds

  2. What a beautiful place. I think I would be spending a lot of time there. It looks so peaceful. Glad to hear Finn enjoyed it too.

  3. What a beautiful, peaceful place to visit. And so glad they allow dogs too.

  4. It looks like a very peaceful, beautiful place!

    Nubbin wiggles,

  5. What a beautiful peaceful place. I hope it gave you the little uplifting feeling when something nice happens. Have a lovely weekend.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Mom thinks that would be a wonderful place to visit for some serene and peaceful time. The living rosary is just amazing. Thanks for sharing this beautiful visit with us.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  7. What a peaceful place to go. It's awfully nice of them to let dogs come along!


  8. That looks like a beautiful, spiritually uplifting place to explore.

  9. What a great place to go for have some peaceful time :)
    Have a nice weekend, dear Finn.
    Woof, woof,


  10. What great pictures. My favorite is of Finn reading the book...adorable!

  11. What a beautiful and peaceful setting - a great place to clear one's mind!

  12. Sometimes we need special places like this to give peace to our hearts. I am glad you and Finn had a good time.

  13. Glad you enjoyed a very peaceful time there!
    It is so beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing it!
    I understand Finn was very tired at the end!
    Kisses and hugs

  14. That place is really beautiful!

    There's a park not too far from me. I don't go often and I'm not sure why. When I do go, I always feel so peaceful and happy there! The last time I went was the day of my father's services.

  15. Looks so fun! I love the picture of Finn in the book- what a fun outing!

  16. What a beautiful place! Love the rosary shrubs...I can imagine the great peace of mind it would give walking through the pics of Finn! It's great he could join you on this walk! Have a peaceful and happy weekend!

  17. The rosary was fascinating. What a wonderful place to be.

  18. Finn....
    Dogs are allowed "as long as they don't step in the planted gardens and you bring an extra baggie." Sounds like an okay to me!! ;-}
    I love, love, love your picture of Finn with the big book.... It looks as though he is reading it!! ;op
    Love, Raelyn.... And Rose my Beautifully Unique "Mystery Dog"!!

  19. Very nice post. I just love how each bush is a bead in the rosary. Its very creative and very touching. Thank you so much for sharing this Rosary Garden with us. It must have been a very inspiring and spiritual day at the garden. Thanks again we appreciated seeing it. Never heard of a garden like that before -- we will definitely have to tell Grandma about that garden.

  20. What a beauty and all so meaning full place. Fank Yey fur shaing it wif us. I fink this might be a perfeck place teu go and open yeur heart, teu fink and teu be fank full.

    wif lubbs from Little Reufus

  21. What a beautiful place to reflect!

  22. Hi Finn,
    Lovely place. Did you pray for extra treats>

  23. What a fascinating walk! So great that they allow doggies there :) Really luv the landscaping design of a rosary. How fabulously creative! :D Thanks for sharing!

    Waggin at ya,


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