Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Churches and Coupons

Do not panic, there is not a church in the world that would offer a coupon, but that would be a very funny promotional idea. No, I am referring to the magazine All You and their neat giveaways and sweepstakes. While I am not a Wal Mart shopper, the one or two things I ever purchases there fell apart so that is that, they do offer some great free samples. I won a giveaway once on Lucky Magazine's website, but that's it. I am a sucker for free samples though. It is a great way to try a product and since they send coupons with the product, then you can buy it and use it if it worked for you.

Churches. I love churches. Some of them are incredibly beautiful and some of them are architectural wonders. Through ongoing research for my novel, I have found some churches/abbeys/monasteries that I would love to visit. But first, here are some of the ones I have been fortunate enough to see.

Riverside Church NYC - Stunning and where I was married.
Basilique Notre Dame Montreal - Saw this on our honeymoon, we were speechless at its beauty.
Saint Bartholomew's NYC - stopped in here at random, very beautiful.
Grace Cathedral San Francisco - The indoor limestone labyrinth is a wonderful meditative tool.
Saint Patrick's Cathedral NYC - Very pretty, but oddly enough, this one of my least favorite places, but I think it has to do with some of its past leadership.
Saint Peter's Basilica Rome - Presents itself more like a museum then a church. Some of the most incredible statues I have ever seen are here.
Westminster Cathedral London - gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

I have also been to a few local churches in New Jersey and Cape Cod which were quite lovely.

I am embarrassed to say I have never been to Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in NYC. After checking out the website I must go see it. What a beauty and what a history.

As one who was raised Catholic, I realize what I like about all the Churches I have listed is they command respect on sight. These imposing stone structures have faith is imbued in every stone, every pew, every altar. You walk into each place and feel God is present. I like that about Churches. There should be a strong presence of faith and peace to me. Look, you can pray in a barn for all I care since God is everywhere, but I still like the vibe of a standing, one hundred year+ holy place. One of those places I would like to visit that gives off such an air is the Benedictine Abbey, Mont-Saint Michel in Normandy, France. Oh yes, I must see this place in person.

Hope you have enjoyed our little journey of Churches today.


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