My wife thinks it’s supposed to look like a ship. I suspect the church is meant to look like a clam. It has a half moon clam shape and a tilted ceiling that opens up like a clam. We’re visiting a sick friend who lives near the New England coast and clams are one of the local trademarks, like Steelers gear in Pittsburgh. I hope I’m wrong, but you never know with church architects.
For the longest time I always felt just another face in the crowd – unknown, unseen, easily replaced. I was pretty quiet in large groups and rarely voiced my opinions. It wasn’t for lack of having them; it was simply because I thought that people wouldn’t care.
During my years as a hospice volunteer, I had some very moving and meaningful experiences. One, in particular, stands out. I was visiting Theresa, a patient in a nursing home where visitations by family members or friends are few and far between.
The Hyde Amendment is 40 years old this year. It undoubtedly has saved many lives. But the Democratic Party officially wants to repeal it, against the wishes of pro-life Democrats and almost everyone else.
The Red Mass is a tradition in the Catholic Church that dates back to the 13th century.