During our weekend stay in St. Louis we strolled down Lindell Boulevard to the cathedral basilica to see for ourselves what Deacon Frank at St. Paul’s (back home) had so excitedly shared about his visit years ago.
Regarded as one of the largest mosaic installations in the Western Hemisphere, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is also known for its burial crypts and its outdoor sculpture, The Angel of Harmony, that epitomizes racial accord. The massive stone-grey edifice, visited by Pope John Paul II in 1999, is topped by a striking green dome that boldly proclaims its undeniable presence in the neighborhood even from afar.
Bigger than life
For me, entering the dimly lit vestibule was like stepping into a medieval masterpiece, only dark and foreboding for lack of white space. I felt stifled by this looming sense of something bigger than life waiting past the inner doors.
Nothing prepared me for the sensory overload that blinded my third eye, rendering it useless on site (sight) the moment I entered the colossal nave.
My little Coolpix could never do any of this justice! I thought. I’ll have to rely mostly on Steven’s shots with the big camera.
I didn’t know what to do. Steven kept insisting that I “pick a spot.” But there was so much— too much, really— that, after standing there counting the pews to determine the middle, I chose an outer aisle seat on the left and simply sat.
Immersed in my quiet solitude, I just knew that Sunday morning Mass at St. Mary of Victories would be more in keeping with who and what I am than Saturday evening Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
Prayers from A year of daily offerings (James Kubicki, SJ; 2016)
Fortify me with the grace of your Holy Spirit and give your peace to my soul that I may be free from all needless anxiety, solicitude, and worry. Help me to desire always that which is pleasing and acceptable to you so that your will may be my will (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini).
Loving God, I give myself to you. Take my day with its sorrows and joys. Give me what you wish (James Kubicki, SJ; 2016).
November 14, 2016
When does God speak to us? He speaks at all times, especially in prayer. Prayer is a conversation with God. But it is not a monologue. When we pray, then, we should also listen because a good conversationalist is also a good listener (Fr. Kilian J. Healy, Awakening Your Soul to Presence of God).
Links of interest… Cathedral basilica of St. Louis: about / facebook / history / Mass / photos / tours / video / website… Heavenly St. Louis (tours)… Mother Cabrini’s first miracle… Prayer: devotions (pdf) / lexionary / litany / novena… St. Louis, king of France: about / admirable king / Aug 25 / life (1903 ebook) / patron of barbers & grooms / servant of the poor (more)… Year of daily offerings (p. 254)…