A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
Tucked away on Troy Hill in Pittsburgh, is a beautiful chapel
with over 5000 religious relics. This collection is second in number only to
the Vatican. Living here all my life, I
can’t believe I never ventured to see St Anthony's Chapel. Today was the journey of the relics.
5000 religious relics
I knew nothing about about relic collections. What I saw were small pieces of bones housed in ornate
holders. These bones were from many saints, the apostles,and supposedly there was a splinter from the True Cross and athorn from the Crown of Thorns. Oh, and the
tooth of St. Anthony who is the saint for finding lost things. (I should have
been using him a lot over the years because I am perpetually loosing my glasses
and keys. )
life sized wood carved Stations of the Cross
I was more impressed with the Stations of the Cross. They were beautifully carved life size figures which
were anatomically correct. The only other set is located in Germany. The stations were being said by a priest while
I was there and the version that he used, combined with life sized figures,
resulted in a unique prayful experience.
I also enjoyed talking to the sweet "chapel sitter" women who was proud of her chapel and her job of overseeing the place. She informed
me that you can call ahead for a tour and that audio tape tours are available. Maybe it was divine intervention but a personal
tour was starting just as I arrived. You can
also identify all relics in the log books.
This is a unique experience and free to the public. However donations are how the chapel stays open. I would definitely go back
to hear the stations again.
(Thank youto the church for permitting me to take
pictures for my blog)
And I am convinced
that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The
angels can’t and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow,
and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. (Romans 8:38)