“Every thought we think, every feeling we have, every word we speak goes out into the atmosphere to either heal or harm. Let us be healers. Let us be harmless.” ~ Catherine Ponder
Keeping with the mission theme, I present Mission San José post-rain. Not a rain storm, despite the way it looks, just a slight few drops. It was hot as Hades this day, so the little bit of water just made it hotter. I believe the thermometer topped out at 99 degrees, and it felt every bit like an oven in the shade. Nevertheless, we forged on to the missions with enthusiasm, albeit at a sloth-like crawl. Of the four missions under the National Park Service’s purview, San José is the most intact. Her ramparts are still up, and the former native dwellings are also intact. The one drawback to this visit was that the cathedral was closed for a private event. Remember, these are working churches, so these sorts of things happen, disappointing though they may be. I have a feeling the inside was glorious, so to speak. The wooden door isn’t nearly as compelling to me as Mission Espada’s, but as you can see, the facing stonework is substantially more ornate. Plus, the shape of the door facing is, like Espada, reminiscent of European Spanish influence. Still, if you look closely at the stonework you’ll notice mismatched designs and unlevel lines as if it has been worked and reworked many times over the years. I would have to do some research to find out if that’s true, but if you look at this compared to the precision of its European brethren, it’s easy to see. In any case, it was a wonderful visit and I hope the cathedral is open next time I’m in town.