Take a minute

Sometimes when you travel, you’re just tumbling from one place to another, from one experience to another. When we hopped off a Hop On/Hop Off tour bus in Philadelphia, we entered the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in a hurry, trying as usual to finish seeing the church and be out in the time for the next bus. But this church slows your steps as you enter.

The work on the church started in 1846, but this was just shortly after the curiously named ‘Know Nothing’ riots between Native Americans and Irish immigrants, in which another church in Philadelphia was looted and burned to the ground. So while commissioning this Basilica, the bishop asked his architects to build the windows higher than usual so that potential rioters couldn’t stone the windows. They say that the architect LeBrun asked his workers to go outside and throw stones at the building as high as they could, and then planned the windows even higher that the highest stone, but this story couldn’t be confirmed!

So after that little factoid, here’s why I like going into churches.

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Inspiration and great beauty await you everywhere, even in a ceiling if only you look up. Take a minute to understand how to look up every day.

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Tenderness, love and patience go a long way, especially when you are out of your comfort zone. Take a minute to remind yourself of moments when you could have shown a better attitude.

Loved ones who have gone before you have contributed in some way to getting you where you are today. Take a minute to remember them with love and gratitude.

Loved ones who have gone before you have contributed in some way to getting you where you are today. Take a minute to remember them with love and gratitude.

You may believe in this god or that god, or in your self or in your family. But in the end, a statue is a representation of whatever you want it to be. Take a minute to deepen your belief in what keeps you going.

You may believe in this god or that god, or in your self or in your family. But in the end, a statue is a representation of whatever you want it to be. Take a minute to deepen your belief in what keeps you going.

 

 

Art and beauty will calm  hunger, tired feet, aching backs and sleep-deprived eyes. Take a minute to admire the effect of a piece of stone, worked on with skill and patience.

Art and beauty will calm hunger, tired feet, aching backs and sleep-deprived eyes. Take a minute to admire the effect of a piece of stone, worked on with skill and patience.

Take a minute to look around you through your OWN eyes, and you’ll be surprised at what you see. Take a minute to be still.

2 thoughts on “Take a minute

  1. Beautiful church and lovely details mishoo…almost felt like I was walking the church aisle. The history behind these structures is so amazing.

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