Mother Cabrini Shrine in Golden, Colorado with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

Traveling on I-70 near Golden, Colorado, a large white statue sits on the Rocky Mountains.   Follow the road signs and visit the Mother Cabrini Shrine.

Welcome to Mother Cabrini Shrine

Welcome to Mother Cabrini Shrine

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck enjoyed the peace and serenity here this week.   Mother Cabrini, born July 15, 1850 as Francesca Saverio Cabrini, immigrated to the United States and became the first naturalized US citizen to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church on July 7, 1946.   The Shrine and the Rocky Mountains contribute to a feeling of peace and serenity.

Deer enjoy serenity

Deer enjoy serenity

These deer contribute to and enjoy the peacefulness.   We drove past the main chapel, to the Grotto.   Isn’t this archway pretty?

Beautiful stone archway

Beautiful stone archway

There was no known source of water here; water was brought in from miles away.   Now the water flows freely from this fountain.

Fountain

Fountain

The sign says “Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini founder of the missionaries of the Sacred Heart, endowed with lofty gifts, struck with a staff this rock, from which flowed a fountain of water, in the year of Our Lord, 1912.”  Near the fountain we walked through the Rosary Garden.

Rosary Garden

Rosary Garden

The benches offer a place to rest, reflect or meditate.    There is a small chapel near the fountain.

Inside small chapel

Inside small chapel

Several humans light candles here.  But, we the Colorado Traveling Ducks, want to see the statue up close.

Mother Cabrini statue on mountain

Mother Cabrini statue on mountain

Looks pretty far, but humans say the longest journey begins with a single step.

Step one of 374 steps

Step one of 374 steps

This is the first step to the top.   Let’s go.   Along the way, signs mark the Stations of the Cross.

Jesus speaks to the women

Jesus speaks to the women

This one is VIII, Jesus Speaks to the Women.   The signs all have information to tell humans the significance of each place.   We also saw several symbolic statues.

Along the stairs to the statue

Along the stairs to the statue

After 374 steps, we reached the top and the statue.   This statue is dedicated to Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.

Mother Cabrini Statue

Mother Cabrini Statue

Looking down, we admire the mountains while looking east toward Denver.

Looking toward Denver from Mother Cabrini Statue

Looking toward Denver from Mother Cabrini Statue

Looking to the west, over the homes, we admire the snow capped Rocky Mountains.

From Mother Cabrini, looking west toward the snow capped Rocky Mountains

From Mother Cabrini, looking west toward the snow capped Rocky Mountains

Soon we walk down the 374 steps.   There is also a Meditation Walk, the Cabrini Garden, and Stone House which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.    There is much to see here, too much for one blog.   We hope that if you are near Denver, Colorado that you drive west of Golden and visit Mother Cabrini Shrine.  Looking back, we enjoyed the peacefulness of these deer on the mountain near the statue.

Deer on hill with Mother Cabrini Statue in background

Deer on hill with Mother Cabrini Statue in background

Hope to see you there soon.

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