• Glenn Wilson
    Al of Rancho Santa Clara wrote: I've always thought—and I hope this doesn't sound sacrilegious—that one the principal functions of churches is not just to point the road to heaven or hell, or remind us of our moral failings. Rather, churches or religious spaces also provide us with both, a place to meet like-minded people, and also a quiet, private time to deal with our quotidian preoccupations, even daydream a bit.

    In San Miguel, where expats have to confront a foreign language, food and customs, churches provide a critical place for both companionship and reflection. Churches help us soften the jolt of adjusting to the new realities of living in a foreign country.

    Also, after the ritual Sunday hand-shaking and hi-how-are-you's, churches give us a quiet place to sit and reflect privately, except to, of course, when we are called on to rise and recite some religious text or butcher a hymn. ...

    Continue reading Al's writing at Life at Rancho Santa Clara: Looking for solace amid the quarantine. More #RanchoSantaClara.

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