Buildings are by no means the only indicators of God’s presence. Undoubtedly God exists both within and outside the confines of a building. But it’s hard to argue the power of a church building as evidence of God and His people, especially when in unfamiliar terrain. The crosses alone leap out like a hot-pink neon sign, as if to say, “You are in friendly territory.”
Last week, my sister and I ventured to the Deep South to take in a couple family events. In our brief five-day stay, we witnessed many signs of God’s presence through the landscape and in the surrounding buildings. Though our hope was to take in Mass at St. Rose de Lima parish in Bay Saint Louis, MS, a church that boasts a phenomenal and spirit-filled choir, we found it closed due to renovations. Our intent on worshiping during our Southern adventure led us instead to Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church.
You’ll notice this church is right near the water; in other words, several years back during a storm called Katrina, it would have been — and was — in harm’s way. The old OLG parish was wiped out. This is the new church erected in its stead.
On the front church grounds sits a statue of an angel who commemorates those who helped in the re-building efforts, and a reflection/dedication by OLG’s pastor.
I enjoyed looking around on the inside as well.
But my favorite of all interior fixtures was…
You just don’t see holy-water fonts like that in North Dakota.
The last time we were in the area, some thirty years ago, I’m almost certain we attended Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States.
It was good to be back, surrounding carriages and all, even though we saw it only from the outside this time around.
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