Docents: Tour Guides for the Church

To be a Docent in our Church is like sharing Christmas on every tour. When visitors come through the Church doors, and experience the mosaics, frescoes, sculpture, the organ. . . they receive a gift of the love of God in a deep way. Their surprise and wonder is a big gift in return.  Many times I have struggled through a hard day, and then find myself smiling with joy as I share the church with what were once strangers and have now become friends in Christ.

 

Before They Call, I Will Answer

It’s been over a week since we celebrated Pentecost, and I find myself wondering what it must have been like for the disciples to have lived so intimately with Jesus, and then experience his loss. 

The other day, I was hurrying through the Cloister, mentally rehearsing my “to-do list”, when I happened to actually look at one of the column stone sculptures — St. Scholastica in the posture of prayer.  The amazing thing about this carving is the dove who actually embraces her.  This is no delicate creature, but a strong, all- encompassing dove. There is such a sense of intimacy in this carving.   It struck me that this is how near and how present the Holy Spirit is – every day – all the time.  Before they call, I will answer.