Easy like Sunday – A sacred corner

The other day, I took myself on a date. The best part was, I ended up somewhere completely unexpected!

I had originally gone to an art gallery with lovely grounds. I took photos of all sorts of things but mostly, flowers. A lovely stair banister also caught my eye, and I had to snap a shot.  

As I was leaving the gallery, I found myself on a street I’m not usually on and remembered that years ago, when my husband and I took long walks in the neighborhood (and also lost 50 pounds that year, only to gain it back. Ugh. Damn the memories *I don’t want* that creep in) we ran across a beautiful place to sit on the back property of a Catholic church. I remembered that it was very welcoming and peaceful, surrounded by pine trees.

So, as I passed the church this time, I pulled into the parking lot. That’s my Ruby parked next to a cool tree and of course, the church itself. The back of it actually.

I walked to the spot I remembered and immediately felt a wave of… peace.

*sigh*

I’m not Catholic but I have a deep, abiding respect for all religions. Also, I’ve been Episcopalian which is celebrated with a mass very much like the Catholics. These days, I consider myself simply “Christian” but not fervently so. But I digress.

The first thing I saw was this statue. Is Rachel weeping over stillborn babies, abortions, or babies who die as infants? It doesn’t matter what *I* believe, I simply saw it for what it was… a mourning mother… of one child or the earth’s children… doesn’t matter. She’s beautiful.

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Beyond Rachel, Mother Mary, an altar, a wooden cross, flowers left by others and welcoming benches.

And so, I crossed myself (Episcopalians do that, too) and sat quietly. I enjoyed the heat of the afternoon sun and relished the moment in the shadows of the pines that surrounded me. Then I prayed, sang a hymn, and thanked God that I stopped. I took some photos, obviously.

A really neat thing I noticed is that the cross had rosary beads draped around it! How beautiful is that?

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There was no graffiti, no overturned benches or broken vases. It was as if God Himself blessed this space…

… and probably a little group of people from the church made sure …

It remains as it is, a sacred place.

So while no, a church isn’t a normal “Take yourself on a date” locale… it can be! And it can be absolutely healing, self-soothing and beautiful.

Go therefore and find ye-self a sacred corner… ye shall be blessed!

 

4 comments

  1. Thank you, Sherry, for sharing your “sacred corner” with us . . . a perfect Sunday post! Such beautiful pictures and inspiring thoughts – a lovely gift to celebrate this day (or any day). 💝

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