June 29, 2010

New York - Day Two...Part 1

Day 2 ~ Part 1

Our second day in New York, and right after breakfast, we walked to St. Patrick's Cathedral.  I think it was meant to be a brief visit.  I have to tell you, I had a hard time leaving.  I could have spent a good portion of my day there.  You're about to see why.

When I walked into the church, I was overcome.  For visual reasons, yes.  The array of colors, stained glass, arches, and carvings took my breath away. 

But the tranquility.  The peace that overcame me.  It was quiet inside, despite the many people milling about.  It was serene.  It was a safe refuge amidst one of the busiest cities in our nation.  Outside, street cars may have been honking, exhaust fumes billowing up from countless trucks and construction, jack-hammers, people, sirens...but inside...oh.  The silence.

I'm not Catholic.  But it didn't seem to matter.  I felt welcome. And comforted.  This church was a reverent place of worship to the Living God and it touched me deeply...

and as I walked around, careful and quiet...I couldn't help but light a candle for my Mother.  My mother who has suffered tremendously for years with MS.  And I cried.  And I said a short prayer asking God to grant her comfort and peace.  

Your candle, Momma (above and below)

And I didn't want to leave.  I so didn't.  

But there was much more to do and see...

Part 2 of Day 2 to come ~


frogglet said...


meme said...

Thank you for the amazing pictures! I loved them! (I am catholic) Your Kentucky Friend.

Kim said...

That picture on the side of Keira is priceless..
She looks sooo different..

Our Journey to Jadyn Nicole said...

Christie - your blog looks great. You did an amazing job. I may be calling you to see what you can do with mine.


Briana's Mom said...

I plan to visit NY one day and when I go, St. Patrick's is on the top of my list. My sister and my mom have been there and it took their breath away.

Eloise said...

What a perfect post for me to read today (and I'm visiting only a couple of blogs - don't tell anyone I was here!). I have to make myself be still and feel the presence of God right now. It's more easily done while looking at your lovely pictures.


Mom said...

Yet again, sweetie, you made your momma cry with your beautiful words and your constant thoughtfulness and support. Thank you for lighting that candle for me, I love you SO much Christie!!!