Faithful follow road to ChimayA3

Faithful follow road to ChimayA3

There are 18 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Apr 9, 2009, titled Faithful follow road to ChimayA3. In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

A steady flow of walkers occupied the shoulder of several highways Thursday, joining thousands in the annual pilgrimage to El Santuario de ChimayA3, where many believe miracles happen.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Santa Fe New Mexican.

LJT

Los Alamos, NM

#2 Apr 10, 2009
As a daily commuter on SR76 and/or the Santuario Road to Nambe, I can understand and respect the needs of these peregrinos. However, I truly dread this week, particularly today (Friday), every year. I wish walkers would also respect the rights of those of us who drive through there. Just this morning, atleast 70% of the walkers weren't wearing reflective gear, had lights, or any other gesture to help us (drivers) see them (and that was in the dark at 5:30 AM). Also, why is there a need to have 3 to 4 people deep into the roadway; instead of each behind one another? Another issue: why do some think they need to cover their faces and walk "blind" on the route; there were a couple of those types (with head bandanas completely covering their faces) who had "guides" with them. Lastly, I wish these folks would respect and acknowledge their own limits; on several occasions I've had individuals who meander from side to side (like a drunk) due to exhaustion and dehydration. Personally, I do not think God would expect you to risk your own life and that of others due to lack of oxygen to the brain (as proven by such actions).

Again, I respect your rights as walkers on the roads; please respect mine as a daily driver on it as well.

Thank you.
trayecto

Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

#3 Apr 10, 2009
I lived in Rio Chama for a number of years but have moved across the pond. However, I will never forget the people of Northern New Mexico and their customs. I was welcomed with open arms and felt at home, never doubting my move from California to New Mexico was the right. I had been told by many that Northern New Mexico is a very spiritual place and one that I came to love, along with it's people, arroyos and countryside. It was a privilege living there however I have moved once again and much further than one would normally move. Needless to say, I do not return as often as I would like, but I do. NM is a part of me, it's in my blood. I walked to the Santuario just twice, but those times will never be forgotten - there's something about the spirituality, love and awareness of who we are and what little time we have on this earth and not to waste it but to appreciate life for today, appreciate and respect one another, we are so fortunate. To be touched by Jesus' love is for the lack of better words, 'awesome'.
True North

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Apr 10, 2009
I love you Jesus and I do see beyond the everyday caos and rat race. I do believe totally in you and you miraculous existance.
Amen
LJT

Los Alamos, NM

#5 Apr 10, 2009
So what happened to my comment from earlier this morning???? Que lastima that I can't even give my opinion...
amy g- alabama

Chicago, IL

#6 Apr 10, 2009
it is one of the most amazing places i have ever visited.
Patrick Alcatraz

Denver, CO

#7 Apr 10, 2009
Chimayo is a wondrous place, open to the sort of free thinking that inspires belief in the best of mankind.
True North

Santa Fe, NM

#8 Apr 10, 2009
I Love our lord Jesus Christ and I see beyond the everyday caos and rat race of everyday life here on earth. I totally believe in Christs miraculous sacrrifice to pay for the whole worlds/whole human races' sins. God bless you all-no exceptions

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#9 Apr 10, 2009
One of my earliest childhood memories was visiting the Santuario with my family at about age four. At that time the poso was large and deep and my parents had to lower my oldest sister into the poso to get some of the blessed earth.

I have visted the Santuario many times since then and it has brought me much peace, tranquillity, and serenity knowing that so many have found cures for both their bodies and souls there.
Going to dinner

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Apr 10, 2009
Safest time of the year in NM. All of the drunks are walking...we should have Easter every day!

PC Chavez

“Hee-hee-hee, snort!”

Since: Sep 08

Laguna Beach/Santa Fe

#11 Apr 10, 2009
Happy Easter. Have a wonderful Good Friday.

Since: Sep 08

Location hidden

#12 Apr 10, 2009
One of my earliest childhood memories was visiting the Santuario with my family at about age four. At that time the poso was very large and deep. My parents lowered my oldest sister into the poso to get some of the sacred earth.

I have visited the Santuario many times since then and have found much peace and serenity there knowing that so many have found cures there for both their bodies and souls.

PC Chavez

“Hee-hee-hee, snort!”

Since: Sep 08

Laguna Beach/Santa Fe

#13 Apr 10, 2009
LJT wrote:
As a daily commuter on SR76 and/or the Santuario Road to Nambe, I can understand and respect the needs of these peregrinos. However, I truly dread this week, particularly today (Friday), every year. I wish walkers would also respect the rights of those of us who drive through there. Just this morning, atleast 70% of the walkers weren't wearing reflective gear, had lights, or any other gesture to help us (drivers) see them (and that was in the dark at 5:30 AM). Also, why is there a need to have 3 to 4 people deep into the roadway; instead of each behind one another? Another issue: why do some think they need to cover their faces and walk "blind" on the route; there were a couple of those types (with head bandanas completely covering their faces) who had "guides" with them. Lastly, I wish these folks would respect and acknowledge their own limits; on several occasions I've had individuals who meander from side to side (like a drunk) due to exhaustion and dehydration. Personally, I do not think God would expect you to risk your own life and that of others due to lack of oxygen to the brain (as proven by such actions).
Again, I respect your rights as walkers on the roads; please respect mine as a daily driver on it as well.
Thank you.
Oh, be quiet and stay home. You're respecting nothing.
Ret-Cop

United States

#14 Apr 10, 2009
LJT wrote:
As a daily commuter on SR76 and/or the Santuario Road to Nambe, I can understand and respect the needs of these peregrinos. However, I truly dread this week, particularly today (Friday), every year. I wish walkers would also respect the rights of those of us who drive through there. Just this morning, atleast 70% of the walkers weren't wearing reflective gear, had lights, or any other gesture to help us (drivers) see them (and that was in the dark at 5:30 AM). Also, why is there a need to have 3 to 4 people deep into the roadway; instead of each behind one another? Another issue: why do some think they need to cover their faces and walk "blind" on the route; there were a couple of those types (with head bandanas completely covering their faces) who had "guides" with them. Lastly, I wish these folks would respect and acknowledge their own limits; on several occasions I've had individuals who meander from side to side (like a drunk) due to exhaustion and dehydration. Personally, I do not think God would expect you to risk your own life and that of others due to lack of oxygen to the brain (as proven by such actions).
Again, I respect your rights as walkers on the roads; please respect mine as a daily driver on it as well.
Thank you.
I agree that pedestrians need to obey traffic laws too, but since you are aware of the hazards on your commute on only a couple of days out of the year, slow down, remain vigilant and try to be tolerant of the beliefs and sacrifice of your fellow citizens.
I drove that route for years very early in the morning as well and had nothing but respect for those making the pilgramage.
Valley Resident

AOL

#15 Apr 10, 2009
To all the walkers- please be safe on your walk. In recent years some people are walking right in the middle of the SR 503, making it near impossible to drive, especially at night. God Bless you all and have a safe and Happy Easter!
Peter Madrid

Phoenix, AZ

#16 Apr 10, 2009
Despite the economic woes and uncertainty our nation faces, let's take time today to say a prayer and reflect on the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us. My family lived along the main street in Chimayo and I was inspired by the faith of those walking to the Santuario - no matter the weather.
Actually

Algodones, NM

#17 Apr 10, 2009
PC Chavez wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh, be quiet and stay home. You're respecting nothing.
He makes some good points regarding safety. If he respected nothing, I suppose he would have plowed them all down.
Nicole

Sedona, AZ

#18 Apr 10, 2009
Thanks for the info. My family and I were driving up to Taos yesterday (4/9) and saw the walkers and signs. We were wondering what that was all about. I googled it and found your blog.
Anna Garcia Futrell

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Apr 11, 2009
This pilgrimage is a tradition. If you've been here for more than a year you know this. Better to slow down than plow through. It's two days out of the year. God be with and bless the walkers. I've only made a short walk...always wanted to do the long one. Santuario has always had such a blessed aura. Happy Easter and thank God for loving us!

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