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:
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:
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: