Compassion

Visiting St. Joseph’s Oratory high above the city of Montreal, I was impressed by the unexpectedly modern interior and in particular by the inclusion of the two women at the foot of the cross behind the altar. Carved in wood, and so expressive. A reminder of the vital work of those who stand their ground and witness great suffering, who are brave and strong enough to face the pain and not turn away.

Letdown

I always thought that one good thing about Montreal would be the French influence on food-that they wouldn’t eat or drink anything that wasn’t really delicious. Then I went into Starbucks (free internet) and heard people ordering pumpkin spice lattes in French.

Smalls Falls

Smalls Falls, West Central Franklin, ME

I think this is one of the prettiest waterfalls I’ve ever seen. We found this place by accident the last time we drove this way, and made a point this time to find it again.

Independence

Loon family fishing for supper on Rangeley Lake. The little guy’s got to get big enough to fly away on its own after the parents leave without it in the fall. Talk about raising your offspring for independence

A gift to be simple

Herb House, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, appearing to be suspended between heaven and earth

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

I was disappointed to find that photography is forbidden inside the buildings here. I would love to have tried to show the beautiful contrast between white walls and blue trim in their open, airy worship space. Couldn’t help noticing, though, the contrast between the old photos of that space filled with people and the small group of benches arranged there now. Like so many churches these days. What will our future worship spaces look like? Or have we stopped needing that?