One afternoon in Valladolid Jason and I got all wild and crazy and went for a date all by ourselves for a few hours. In true nerdy-pastor fashion I chose the local convent followed by lunch at the top-rated vegetarian restaurant in town. It seems that you can take the pastor out of the pulpit, but you can’t take the pastor out of her!
The Templo de San Bernardino and the adjacent Convent of Sisal were constructed between 1552 and 1560.
I cannot get over the age of the churches in Mexico. As we walk through these churches I am struck over and over again by all of the thousands and thousands of Christians who have worshipped our Lord in these churches before me. Think of all of the baptisms, confirmations, ordinations, first communions, and worship services that have been celebrated over the past 400 years.
I have had the incredible blessing and honor baptizing dozens and dozens of my sisters and brothers in Christ since becoming a pastor. Imagine how many people have been welcomed into our Christian family at this baptismal font!
The churches are incredibly beautiful – but I am also incredibly thankful that I don’t have to worry about helping care for a church that is over 400 years old. I cannot imagine what it is like to oversee the care and upkeep of a church that is this old. The ceilings are all towering and the walls are all thicker than I am tall! The Property and Grounds Committee must have nerves of steel and should all qualify for sainthood.
And it isn’t just the church itself that must take great care. The church and convent are filled with beautiful religious art.
Our date at the covent was a delight! A date at the convent turned out to be a great way to spend our afternoon.