Weekly Photo Challenge: OLD

You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more
Than an order of words, the conscious occupation
Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying.

T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets (Little Gidding)

Old indeed! Nine hundred years of prayer inside the thick stone walls of the tiny church:

The walls of the little Romanesque church in Taizé, in Burgundy, France, date from the year 1100, and enclose the most profound silence I have ever heard. The silence resonates, the peace is palpable —- To sit down inside is to be outside of time.

From another angle:



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4 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: OLD

  1. Pauline says:

    There are places in the world that have been sculpted and permeated with human thought. This must be one of them.

  2. Pauline says:

    All those things you mention contain or are contained in thought, no? I believe rocks, wood, any natural building material, absorbs our thoughts, our vibrations, our very essence. It’s how I know my house loves me in return 🙂 And why some places seem to feel “sacred.”

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Certainly there are places that seem to feel sacred to a great number of people over a great number of years. And places — like houses, our own or others — which have vibes one way or another. (Usually good, I must say.)
      Reminds me a little of Teilhard de Chardin and his concept of the “noosphere”, which he saw thoughts either contaminating or purifying, so that it matters very much what you say, mutter, think, even if it’s only to yourself.

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