|dome of the cathedral|
Even though I am not a religious person or follow any specific dogma or spiritual philosophy, I do believe in a Divine Higher Power, and very much so.
I was raised Catholic, but upon moving from home for school when I was 17-years old, I spent the next 15 years investigating all types of churches and faiths; coming to my own intuitive conclusions about what felt right and what didn't. And although I sincerely enjoyed my search for spirituality in various faiths, I never found only one that I could follow completely.
I guess you could say that I'm someone who can see spirituality in all faiths. Yet, I don't feel that I need to follow any particular faith or organization to have a relationship with a Higher Power because my relationship is one-on-one and personal.
One of the things I think was beneficial in my early search for spirituality, is that I learned to have respect for all the faiths I had investigated. And even to this day, one of my favorite things to do is visit different churches of different faiths because I can feel the presence and sacredness of Divinity within each one.
Wednesday I had the day off, so I took a walk over to the Art Museum area of Philadelphia and passed by the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. I know that I've shared photographs in the past of the cathedral's exterior, but I don't think I have ever shared the interior.
To say that it's beautiful is an understatement. The construction of the cathedral was completed in 1864; therefore the attention to detail in architecture was (and still is) breathtaking. While I was visiting on Wednesday, I had the delightful experience of speaking with one of the tour guides in the cathedral, who told me a lot about the history. And when I asked her if it was okay to take photographs, she smiled at me and said, "Oh...you go right ahead, we encourage people to take photographs!"
So please allow me to share some images from my afternoon visit to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul...
Have a super weekend everyone!