In an effort to de-funk myself, I decided that I needed to do something to lift my spirits (occasionally, we have to proactively seek out those Silver Linings!). There is no better place to do de-funk than at the beautiful Santa Barbara Mission. Boy oh boy, was I right on (Silver Lining).
The Santa Barbara Mission is an extraordinarily special place in Santa Barbara. It is a perfect balance between tangible beauty and intangible spirituality. One of my dear friends calls this the balance between the terrestrial and the celestial. Love that image.
Opened on the Feast of St. Barbara in December of 1786, the Mission was the tenth California Mission founded by the Spanish Franciscan Friars. The California Missions had two purposes. For the government of Spain, seeking to solidify its claim on the land, the missions provided new settlements and new citizens, as the converts were also required to learn Spanish and European skills. For the Franciscan Friars, the purpose was to convert the native people to Christianity and thereby, they believed, save their souls from you-know-what.
The mission serves the community as a parish church to this day. If you ever get to Santa Barbara, be sure to visit this unique and exceptional place!
Sweetly Six sitting outside of the church praying for her now-deceased Grandmother and dog. She asked me, “Momma, do you think that Lalee and Guinness are playing together in heaven?” Cue the tears.
PS – Yes, I had a dog named Guinness. And yes, I named him after the beer. However, I didn’t dissuade children who assumed that I named him after the Guinness Book of World Records. I’m just saying’…