I don’t claim to be an expert on world religions, or even my own religion, but back in 1987 George Michael told me I’ve gotta have faith. And I took it to heart. (That same year, he also mention something about being a Father Figure… but um… does that mean something creepy?) So while I’m taking spiritual direction from a former member of Wham!, here’s a pretty picture taken from high atop an overpriced parking garage in the Back Bay.
This is what the back of one of my favorite churches looks like. I’ve approached St. Cecilia’s from the front a million (okay, a thousand… um… many, several dozens) of times, so I felt sort of sneaky seeing her from a different angle. But then again, sneaking a peak at faith from a different angle every now and again couldn’t be a bad thing.
Being Catholic feels very home to me, but I think that my faith has been enriched significantly by the experiences (now matter how divergent) of others. I like to know what other people believe.
Through my work, I’ve had opportunities to meet with teachers at an Islamic academic and a parochial school in the same day. I’ve sat at tables with members of the Black Ministerial Alliance and leaders from Boston’s Jewish community. When you get to spend your days doing work that feels good, surrounded by people who are doing similarly, life feels like one big prayer. I’m a lucky girl.
We won’t always agree about our beliefs. Even when we… um, believe the same thing. Like that time some kid and I got into an argument about whether or not “we” should be offended when people say “Happy Holidays.” I reckon that’s not the same as wishing someone a “Crappy Christmas.” I think, at least, they’re saying, “Whatever you’re celebrating, I hope it’s happy.” The Crappy Christmas comment didn’t go over very well. Nor did “Let’s agree to disagree.” “You’re a moron” wasn’t well received, either. Surprising, I know.
What was I rambling about? Oh right, we’re not always going to see eye to eye, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. As long as we’re not poking any eyes out in the process, that is.
Please file this post under: Out of left field.
Also On Tap for Today:
- Make Olympic cupcakes
- Peruse these great “U Tube” applications to Tufts Univ.
- Clear through my giant stack of magazines
- Three uncluttering activities you can complete in 5 minutes or less
Does faith factor in your day? Is George Michael a genius or a wee bit creepy?