Though I’m a very spiritual person, when religion is mentioned, I always cringe away from it. I know there are a lot of people who find their connection with Source through some sort of organized religion; I was just never one of them. I was raised Catholic and absolutely hated going to church, feeling as though there was nothing for me there. While some found comfort in the mass, I couldn’t wait until I was an adult and could stop going. Even though I no longer consider myself Catholic, I now have a more balanced view of the Church. Pope Francis is doing a lot to change people’s views, and I find myself resonating with a lot of things he says.
Ironically though, I’ve always found the churches and cathedrals of Europe to be the most peaceful places. Maybe it’s because they’re quiet and filled with light, but there is a different energy about them that I don’t feel in churches elsewhere. You can feel the creative energy of the artisans who built the church, channeled straight from God. Mostly my spiritual connection comes from being in nature, but I was incredibly moved just being inside St. Peter’s Basilica. In between taking pictures of ceilings and floor tiles, I sat down in a prayer area to meditate and had an amazing experience.