When I was little I didn't care much for Sundays.
Nothing much on Sunday mornings cartoon-wise, aside from Davey and Goliath...
which was a little too preachy and lacked the slapstick, pie-in-the-face humor this kid required of her animated entertainment.
Sunday also meant that I had to get dressed up and go to church.
I was a fidgety kid who was constantly feeding my nerves and touching everything, so sitting still in a hard wooden pew listening to a man who looked he could be God's Uncle Bob was torture.
I never paid much attention to Father as he said Mass.
My wild imagination wandered elsewhere.
Hats, hairstyles, the way Mr. Davis kept blessing himself
and the way Mrs. Mangiotti's feet looked like hams stuffed into her strappy shoes.
I wandered off in the details of the stained glass windows.
Each beautifully colored window honored a saint, and at first glance it looked like a truly marvelous, gold crowned, red robed kinda life.
Looking closer, each saint was either in some state of unimaginable torture, getting rained on by tongues of fire, or they had their hands raised heavenward with looks of agony on their faces as if to say,
"Why me, God?"
"In honor of our Lord, Jesus Christ" was written in very fancy Gothic lettering above each window.
That kind of lettering always reminded me of Halloween and the opening credits to Dark Shadows.
That and the ever present organ music.
Truth be told I thought there was some sort of connection between Dracula and television priest,Bishop Fulton Sheen.
I remember expressing my displeasure to my Grandma one day in church. I was unhappy with the way God was treating the saints, and that the torture they suffered was honored on stained glass windows.
Who does this? I asked. Who hangs pictures and statues of their son being crucified and their friends being burned, or maimed or executed in their homes?
And If you went into such a home would you want to stay?
without missing a beat she said:
" Sweetheart, you see
you gotta go through hell to get to heaven".
Rene ~ 2010
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