Friends at St. James:
thought of you yesterday morning as Wendy & I worshipped at The
American (Episcopal) Cathedral and enjoyed coffee hour afterwards(Blvd.
George V). The Eucharist was attended by several hundred people. The
afternoon we visited the Musee D'Orsay and saw lovely
paintings. The days previous we visited several churches in the city. St.
Severin is most moving. Each of the churches displays stain glass and art
over many centuries. As I walked the interior of the churches, I realized
that there is probably a property committee somewhere that frets over the
operation and up keep of these massive ancient buildings. However, when
you see among the tourists, people who have come into the church to pray
quietly, some looking very burdened down, and that people have been doing
such for hundreds of years, it puts the practical in perspective. I was
reminded that sacred places cannot be understood only from a practical
The visit to the
Louvre was very overwhelming. We spent seven
hours there! I focused on three displays: Ancient Mesopotamia--the cradle
of civilization; The middle ages; and French, Italian and Spanish
paintings with biblical themes. From large tapestries to smaller objects
like chalices no item is too small to represent the stories of the bible.
Wendy & I have, of course, visited all of the sites that tourists come
to see here. It has been interesting to talk with folks from North America
who have lived here for many decades