Photo: San Xavier del Bac, Tucson

I took this photograph of the San Xavier del Bac Mission in December 2000, on a solo visit to Tucson.

The mission stands about 9 miles south of Tucson, on the Tohono O’odham reservation. I drove there three times during my week-long stay in a cottage on the western side of Tucson, on the edge of Saguaro National Park.

I was drawn there by the beauty of the historic mission, which is more than 200 years old, and by something else. I’m not sure what.

On one visit, a chorus was practicing inside the church, singing sacred Christmas music. I can’t remember the music, but I will never forget the feeling it gave me. 


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