But the church I was in today was where we gathered in November for my father's funeral Mass. It's the first time I've been back inside it since he died.
Both of these churches that are special to me are just breathtakingly beautiful, but I thought I'd show you some pictures of the one I was in today. I had forgotten just how glorious it is; my goodness, it rivals many of the ornately beautiful Catholic churches I've had the privilege to visit in Europe, when I've tagged along on some of my husband's working trips.
When I am present for the Sacrifice of the Mass--surrounded by beauty such as this, hearing the soothing sound of the voices of the faithful solemnly joined in prayer--I often think of something I heard about the Harbaugh family. When well-known football coaches Jim and John Harbaugh were growing up in their close-knit, loving family, their parents had a phrase they used all the time. "Who's got it better than us?" Jack and Jackie Harbaugh would ask their kids. "Nooo-body!" John, Jim, and their sister Joanie would answer.
Well that's how I feel about being a member of the Catholic Church, the best family on earth, and having this Woman as my Mother.