Friday, November 14, 2008

Holy Family Catholic Church

The front of Holy Family Catholic Church is like most cathedral-style places of worship. It's lovely, ornate, traditional and not unusual in any way. But just take a look at what is on the other side of it! When I drove around back and saw this mural beaming into the dark night, I didn't think of the obvious bible quotations. The most famous, of course, is Matthew 19:14, "Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me." And the most dreaded, oft-repeated quote I recall from my own Lutheran elementary school days was Proverbs 6:20, "Keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother." (I heard that one in the principal's office more than once.)

What lingered in my mind as I drove away was something Gandhi said: "If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children."

I must say, this is the most beautiful back parking lot I've ever seen. If you turn down the street between the high school and the church, you can't miss it. It's a stunning evening view ... this mural on one side of the road, and this glowing column on the other.

16 comments:

Sally said...

Amazing what you find in the most unexpected of places.

Webradio said...

Very great and pretty photo, Laurie...

Thank You for the text, also...

Sharon said...

What an amazing find in an unexpected place.

Hilda said...

Lovely! It's painted on tiles?

Virginia said...

Waht a find. I think this is the first time I have seen something like this on a church. Only you, prowling around in the dark, would find it! Girl!!!!
V

Cafe Observer said...
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Cafe Observer said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Proverbs 6:20 won't be your daughters fav Bible verse either.

Anonymous said...

I was just there last night! As I am every Thursday night. And every morning for school drop-off. And just about ALL THE DAMN TIME.

I've been visiting your blog for about a week now. Hi neighbor!

Barbra

USelaine said...

You made a beautiful capture of this. When I saw the thumbnail, I thought it was of a rock concert, which brings to mind a certain broadway musical...

I never got to see the principal's office. I feel I missed out.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I'm not sure I understand the second verse...splain Lucy

altadenahiker said...

Ah, nice work. Having been brought up Lutheran, but oh so loosly, Lucy, I think that second phrase means you better behave.

Mister Earl said...

That mural gives a whole new meaning to "Why don't we step around the back and I'll show you my etchings."

Shanna said...

Mister Earl, your comment cracks me up!! I actually HAVE done etchings. Laurie, my little Peace-Nik sister...you never cease to amaze me.

Dixie Jane said...

Mister earl, I like your take on things but you may have to sit in the corner. However, this is a most amazing piece of work, both by the artist who created it and you who captured it in all its glory. I can only add one more thing. Thanks for bringing Gandhi's truth to light, as bright as the star so oft seen in your pictures. And a favorite quote of mine, one I am trying to live by: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

Laurie said...

Hi gang,

Welcome Barbra! I'm glad to meet another South Pas neighbor!

Mister Earl, you made me spew milk out of my nose. Nice one. :-)

Hilda, as far as I could tell it is painted on tiles. I didn't get close to investigate -- I already felt a little odd sneaking behind a church at night with a camera. What kind of demented paparrazi am I, anyway?

Cafe, have you met my daughter? How did you know!? :-)

PA, Altadenahiker is right. That quote, as far as I could tell, was the bible equivalent of that old Twisted Sister video where the exasperated dad yelled, "What do you want to do with your life?!?!?"

Dixie Mom, I love your quote. And Shanna's etchings, too!

Thanks for all the comments today, kids. You make it so much fun to blog.

Until tomorrow.

Judy said...

WOW - this almost makes me want to convert. What a beautiful display of mosaic artistry. And the illumination of it at night is breathtaking. The Ghandi quote - wow so fitting.

Sorry, but I have to interject a Bushism here:

"No, I know all the war rhetoric, but it's all aimed at achieving peace."

Mr. Earl made me laugh out loud.