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The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

When I was in Portland the other day with Desi we went to a place called The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother also known as The Grotto. We are actually both Catholic, although I consider myself more spiritual since a while. I don't want to identify myself with any one religion and I am still trying to understand/figure out a lot about the meaning of life and the reason for being here, what happens after death, why is there suffering and evil and all those questions that most of us ponder from time to time.
The Grotto is a beautiful place, many trees and plants, it is very lush. I got the chills and felt a bit emotional a few times, even cried a little. Especially when reading about apparitions and when I think about death and people who have passed on. Where are they? I can NOT accept that death is the end.

May Peace Prevail On Earth.

Saint Francis of Assisi is my favorite because he is the patron Saint of animals and nature. I can relate to that.

Our Lady of Częstochowa (The Black Madonna), which is in Poland. The Grotto has a replica.

I recommend a visit here! Dogs are allowed to be walked on the lower level of The Grotto.
Sadly some people think it is OK to spit out their gum, leave behind their cigarette butts, plus other trash they are too lazy to put away properly and we even found a condom. I picked that up plus whatever else I just mentioned. So extremely disrespectful. People that trash have no respect for THEMSELVES, this reflects on how they view themselves. Trashy.


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