LENT: Week six, Sunday – Church

On the whole, I do not find Christians, outside the catacombs, sufficiently sensible of the conditions. Does any-one have the foggiest idea what sort of power we so blithely invoke? Or, as I suspect, does no one believe a word of it? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping god may wake some day and take offense, or the waking god may draw us out to where we can never return.

– Annie Dillard

[photo: two of the famous stained glass windows of Sainte Chapelle in Paris, where French royalty once prayed – located a few steps from the Conciergie, aka “the antechamber to the guillotine”]

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Posted on 04/17/2011, in LENT and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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