Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Today, St. Joseph's Day, is the day that the swallows come back to the Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, also called the jewel of the California missions. There is always a big festival at at the mission on that day, but this year is different. They celebrated on March 15 because today March 19, the actual day of the return of the birds, falls during Holy Week and the big celebration would not be permitted. We were at this mission in January when there were no swallows there. I wonder if they came back today, on March 19, as they always have? They will build their nests in all the nooks and crannies, under the arches, and in any little space created by the crumbling bricks and stones that they can find. This mission was one of my favorite stops in California, and I would have loved to have been there today to watch the miracle of the birds.

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