Today the kids got a little religion. There is a really unique park in the town of Junin de los Andes that marries a walk in the woods with the story of Jesus Christ. Its called Via Christi (The way of Christ) and it’s the product of a local artisans taller (studio/workshop) in Junin. Many of these artists, who work in concrete and mosaic are mapuche Indians and it is reflected in the interpretation of the asestic as well as the themes in Jesus’ life.
GM and I where both brought up Catholic but we have chosen a less rigid version of Christianity that is more cultural and less dogmatic. By the nature of this less concrete “religion” in our lives, it lends itself to more questions from the kids. Opportunities like this walk through “Jesusland” as the kid’s call it, always provokes lots of discussion about the stories from the bible as well as other religions that aren’t Christ oriented. Hopefully they will find the spiritual path that works for them.
The thing I always walk away with when I am reacquainted with Christ is wondering how did his beautiful message become at times so powerful in a bad way?