Contemplation

egliseI abandoned all forms of religion long ago although I grew up in the Catholic culture. However, I have retained some affection for churches. I like the way  communities organise themselves around them, I also like the variety of their manifestation: sometimes impressive, to the point of being overwhelming, sometimes majestic or simple. I prefer small, stone or wooden churches. They invite to silence, contemplation. I can hardly resist the temptation to enter, when I find one on my way. I even light up  lanterns,  for the sole pleasure of seeing flames in small glass jars of different colors. Too bad these days, I almost always bump  against a keyed door. It seems that by locking  their doors, churches deprive communities of  moments of solitude and contemplation which would be good for all, whatever their religious tendencies are.

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6 thoughts on “Contemplation”

  1. I know it could be not the same but if your soul need such a place and churches tend to be closed you could have a silent corner where you could light candles, similar to the Japanese tea rooms.
    I loved too to see the candles Catholics light (although I never knew for what)

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    1. I suppose people light up candles for different reasons : to remember the deads, to pray for somebody, there are probably as many reasons as there are people.
      A little silent corner seems like a great idea Francis. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  2. I am always a bit outraged and then sad when I encounter a locked church. But Francis is right; contemplation can happen anywhere and you can make a spot if you like. I too like the little simple churches with their clean lines and open spaces. They seem to have room for the spirit.

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