"Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage."
C. S. Lewis

Finding God in Segovia

30 April 2011

There are many beautiful churches that we have seen in Spain. Some are a little worse for wear - but I can't imagine the cost involved of maintaining these enormous structures. The oldest we have been in so far is The Church of St. Martin in Segovia, dating from the 10th Century. This church has existed through conquest of Spain by Moors, the Crusades, wars with France, and Civil War. The Church of St. Martin still holds worship services here on a regular basis.

As I walked through the sanctuary, I tried to imagine the people that have come here over the years seeking hope, solace, calming fears and looking for God. They weren't any different from us. They prayed for safe return for husbands at war, sick or dying children, good crops and prosperous futures for themselves and their children.

Even if they could read or write, they didn't have access to the Scriptures. Their experience with meeting God was through hearing His Word during Mass and visualizing what Heaven, Salvation and Judgement were through the art and architecture they were surrounded with.

They weren't very different from us.


06 April 2011 Some days we are favored with the site of these beautiful cattle on the property behind our house. There is nothing more exciting then looking out my kitchen window and seeing these cattle grazing. I had never seen this white breed of cattle and had to ask someone what they were called.

The breed traces its origins to southeastern France. Records dating to the year 871 A.D. mark the presence of this breed of cattle in the old French provences of Charolles and Nievre. They were selected for draft, milk and meat.

Following the First World War a Mexican industrialist, Jean Pugibet, imported two bulls and ten heifers to Mexico.

In 1936, the King Ranch in Texas bought two bulls "Neptune" and "Ortolan" from Pugibet. The bulls are large and can weigh from 2,000 to 2,500 pounds and cows from 1,250 to 2,000 pounds. They are stocky, well muscled.

The bull that I have seen, must be at least 2,000 pounds - he is as big as a truck! This season one of the cows had twin calves - they are a beautiful milky white. In doing some research, I found that twins born (open range) rarely both survive. The mother cow usually can't produce enough milk for both and can abandon the weaker of the two.

I hope they make it. They are so beautiful.