Weekly Photo Challenge: Refuge

This afternoon, after finishing to write my homilies for tomorrow and Sunday, I really needed to get outside for some fresh air. I took advantage of the walk to get some photos for this week’s photo challenge.

First and foremost, there is St Patrick’s Church and rectory, where I serve as parochial vicar. These two buildings are a refuge for many people (including myself) in many different ways: as a place of prayer and silence, as a warm place to stop by on the way from one homeless shelter to another, as a gathering place for the people of God to worship Him as a family and find solace in the liturgy and in the community… This was the last photo I took today, as the sunset painted the steeple with warm colors:

St Patrick's parish church and rectory

At the bank, I saw this little baby taking refuge (literally) in his mother’s arms, and (figuratively) in his pacifier.


Down by the Hudson, there were ducks and gulls taking refuge in different ways:

A seagull taking a ride down the river

The ducks didn't exactly look comfortable, but in the shelter of the dock they could swim around without fighting the ice flows, and many passers-by feed them.

I was not the only photographer on the scene. I met a young boy and his grandfather walking along the river, and the boy (Zachary) was having fun with his camera. It turns out that he is a parishioner of my parish. When his grandfather was about to take him back to the car, Zachary shyly said, “I want to ask a question.” “Go ahead,” I replied. “Do you put the things you take pictures of in the news?” I told him that I put them on the internet, and he smiled and quickly said, “I want to be on the internet!” His grandfather approved, so I took his photo:


About Matthew Green

I am a translator, origami artist/teacher, and photographer, a blogger, former philosophy professor, and I love to sing. You can see my photos on Flickr and buy prints of some of them on Fine Art America. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter (@mehjg), and in various and sundry other social media sites on the web.
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