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Spiritual Transformation

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Broken in Laura, Saskatchewan

I took this photo a year ago, or I should say, a photo of the same scene.  Last year it was an abandoned church, this year the church has caved in leaving a lot of wreckage.  Nothing, it seems is permanent.

Symbolically, the church figures in my youth where I grew up as a Catholic who made sporadic visits to church with an extended Catholic family.  There really wasn’t a sense of piousness in the family.  Rather, it was more about routine, convenience and bits of superstition.  If there was anything more interesting or compelling to do, church was banished.  I did get to be an altar boy briefly in one of the many communities that were home in my youth.  All of that said, I did feel I was a spiritual person and that I might one day become a priest.  But, the foundation was weak, and that made a difference.

Today, I don’t consider myself a Catholic.  I haven’t replaced that church with any other church, Christian or non-Christian.  However, I do think that somehow I am a more spiritual person in spite of the fact that I don’t have a church anymore.  Perhaps, like the church in the photography, the exterior church must crumble in order for a spiritual inner centre to become the true seat of what it is to be a spiritual person.

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Written by Robert G. Longpré

July 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

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