I love churches.
I love to sit inside the space of a beautiful church.
I don't go there to pray. My kind of praying doesn't involve rote prayers and rosary beads (although I understand why people do pray that way).
And I don't go there for services or Mass very often anymore (that may change one day).
I just like to sit and be still.
I'm talking about old churches,
big old stone churches, tiny wooden country chapels, cathedrals and basilicas.
It's the smell of the wooden pews, the light from the stain glass windows, the cool marble floors, the sacred space.
They fill me with wonder, awe and are very comforting.
I am incredibly lucky to have been in the some of the biggest and most beautiful churches in the world.
They can be full of tourists but there is still a respectful hush.
I also feel spiritually connected in nature.
But modern churches do nothing for me.
You may as well be at someone's house, the local RSL or the pub.
I love pubs too, but that's a whole other blog post.