BEING A TOURIST IN MY OWN CITY
One of my favorite places in St. Louis is the Cathedral Basilica of Lindell in the Central West End. There’s something about huge, beautiful Catholic churches that leave me in awe and breathless. It has something to do with the dedication and grandeur of it all; can you believe that people built this huge, beautiful church as a house for God? It’s really special and crazy all rolled into one.
I grew up in the Catholic faith, and so I’ve always been drawn to these types of churches. I’m no longer a “real” practicing Catholic, although, we do attend Mass every now and then. These days I focus on Spiritualism, rather than the teachings of Catholicism. I still believe in God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Angels, and Saints, but I have hard time dealing with some Catholic views, teachings & rules. I do believe that many of the teachings cross over, it’s just in a different language. But I think it’s safe to say that we should be kind to one another, be of service, and to love. I try to merge it all together and just show up in a good, positive, helpful, nonjudgemental, compassionate way; with the help of my God, spirit & angels of course! So, in a way I have created my own thing, and I consider myself a spiritualist. It works and I’m totally a-ok with it. For years I was not.
Anyway, I digress. I do find this building quite lovely and peaceful. It’s a wonderful space to feel love and to spend some quiet time reflecting. I could probably spend hours here. I often think of it as a hidden gem. Do many people come here to visit from out of town? They should. What spots do like to go to when you are in STL?