I think I have a new church. I know I've already talked about it, and those of you who know me, know that I've really already made up my mind to go there. But I say "I think" because I feel like a visitor. I'm hoping after Pentecost when I actually fill out the parish registration and turn it in that I will start to feel like I belong.
I still don't know if this is the kind of church that will allow me to feel a part of the local Catholic community or not, but that is my greatest hope. The fact that I will be officially registered should help. I think the fact that I have a high standard is causing me problems. There is no church that I have found here that is quite like the church that I went to in the Midwest.
However, I have now been to Adoration twice in the last couple of weeks. I'm sold on that fact alone. I can't even tell you how great it feels to simply sit in His presence. I wonder how in the heck I've been living for the last 2 years without it. I haven't had as much time to comment or reply to comments recently, but know that I am praying for you, and I am praying for you when I am there with Him.
There are currently 3,100 pink and blue crosses along the highway in front of the church. Yes, it is for the 3,100 deaths from abortion daily. It is partly for the visual (and let me tell you, saying the number is much less of an impact than seeing the number), but what the priest told us that he really wants as he leaves the crosses up between Mother's Day and Father's Day is prayers for healing for those who have been affected by abortion. He encouraged us to bring flowers, etc. and to pray for healing.
Beyond that, it's in a beautiful setting, though it's a little dark for you to see much of the actual church.
So, yeah. That's the deal.