New Mexico is nothing if not complicated. Just east of Espanola, a small town south of Taos infamous for its drugs and violence, sits El Santuario de Chimayo, a place of religious pilgrimage and healing.
I’m not a religious person but have always been drawn to places of worship. Whether I’m trying to understand what it feels like to have that kind of faith, or maybe I just appreciate quiet, reverent places, I don’t know. But the Chimayo church claims a lot of believers, many of them making the pilgrimage on foot every year seeking spiritual and physical healing. (The church sits on what’s believed to be holy ground.)
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