Where does one find God: within or without? Where does one find a gathering of the “people of God”? I found such a gathering (my idea of what “church” is) at
From what one hears from the “Prayers of the Faithful”, there is an expressed concern for the sick, the dying, the infirm and victims of social injustice. The longing for peace and hunger for a more inclusive and embracing community is strong. I have found myself drawn to this community. My children in their mid and late twenties do not go to church anymore. My husband goes to another church. So why do I go to
Churches, temples or synagogues are not meant to be a place of refuge from a troubled world. They are buildings meant to be a space for reflection, meditation, communing, finding the sacred in the mundane. Finding that space is not easy, not even at
I go to church not to go through the motion as a Christian nor to follow tradition or the all too familiar mass ritual, but to be renewed, to restore the self in communion with all. I see God not in a building nor in an institution but in the beauty of creation around us – the sea, the moon, the stars, the sun, the plants and animals around us and in people who have received the blessing of reaching enormous possibilities. The light of hope in people’s eyes, the belief that we can overcome our ailment and inequity, ascend from the ashes of the earth, love and care. Yes, all these draw me to the community of
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