On my travels, I often note the doors to churches are now closed nine times out of ten. I recall on many visits, the doors are now closed but on this particular occasion a door was open, so I went inside to be told they were actually closed! When I asked why, the lady replied there were a lot of valuables inside that could be stolen.
I was perplexed and thought instantly to myself, why not take the valuables out and let the people go in for quiet reflection, which surely is the main purpose of a Church.
It is even more sad that we are in a world where such precious items cannot be left for people to enjoy, without disrespectful small minded thieves steeling for an easier way of life! Nothing seems sacred any more and I feel that there seems to be no conscience or feeling for others with these people.
I am attaching my favourite picture depicting the Crucifix taken at the famous Borley Rectory. I was so disappointed after a long journey to get there, to find once again the doors to this ancient Church were closed. Many of you know this story, but as we were driving away I was sitting in the back seat of my friend's car when I suddenly had an overwhelming feeling ask them to stop the car, for me to get out with my camera and take a picture of the bridge we had gone over, at the back of Borley Rectory. This is such a powerful image sending a powerful message to us all.
There is too much wealth and possession in the Church now and it is making them unapproachable. I personally recall a recent posting on Facebook of a poor little starving child next to the picture of the Pope in all his finery and wealth.
The day I see Priests and people of the cloth acting and dressing more like Jesus in simple cloth instead of adorned in gold thread, will be the day that I look at things differently and will take them seriously!