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Sunday, January 24, 2010


During a visit to a Benedictine Monastery...I was intrigued with the red doors at the side of this old magnificent building.

The first thing one notices is the beautiful and ornate entrance to the Abbey...massive doors below a intricate multi colored stained glass Rose window. Long inviting steps lead inside a beautiful foyer as an invitation to all that pass by. Yet there remains the issue of the Red Doors almost hidden on the side in among the shrubbery. It occurred to me that many people come to a religious point of view because of obvious guideposts along the way during their time on this earth...family history, basic core values that match with a chosen denomination or religious outlook...all fairly obvious in their calling to evangelize one way or the other. These are the folks that enter through the main front doors.

Yet there are others that come to a believe in Faith by less obvious means...hitting rock bottom, following the path of a respected colleague or friend, personal searching for a truth. These are the believers who would enter the side door...through less obvious means. Thankfully, both methods allow for individuals to reach the same point in life. So whether it is in through the front or the side...at least we have the opportunity to pass through a door to get there. I am thankful in this country...we still have that opportunity.

Dan

8 comments:

DawnTreader said...

I like your thoughts, Dan. And the picture too, of course! :)

shabby girl said...

That is one beautiful building. And you are so right in what you posted. I liked the analogy of the side door entrance to belief.

amatamari© said...

Wow fantastic effect!
:-)

Sunny said...

What a truly amazing building, apart from the red entry the stained glass windows and slate roof are eye catching. Your narrative is very thought provoking.
Sunny :)

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Dawn Treader...have a great Sunday!

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl...the side door is often the best door to enter...IMHO.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Amatamri...Hope you are having a great weekend.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Sunny...Old by our standards...early 1800's but young by European and other cultures.

Dan