Fractured Spires

Posted on August 24, 2011


A 5.8 magnitude earthquake fractured the spires of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. yesterday.  Even as aftershocks vibrated the floor under their feet, administrators of this cherished landmark were updating the website to include a new donations button.  The picture of a toppled angel was strategically placed near the urgent appeal.

Near my home in Worcester, MA, Our Lady of Mount Carmel-St. Anne Parish still seeks $3 million to seal the sanctuary where water us seeping-in.  The crumbling is so bad that stations of the cross have to be placed on easels.  Just look at the pathetic picture.  Silly little easels!  Is this any way to treat our Holy Savior and his beloved home?

I’m okay with the easels at Mount Carmel.  I am equally comfortable with fallen angels at the National Cathedral because I am not convinced Jesus himself would have organized such capital campaigns.  It seems like Jesus imagined the  end of such sacred landmarks.

In my own neighborhood another neighbor is pouring concrete for an in-ground pool.  Thousands of dollars for an extravagance which will one day crack and leak.

Gothic landmark at University of British Columbia.

Meanwhile the neighborhood school begs for another computer…