Sad. I just feel sad. I don’t know if religion is supposed to make people feel happy. Growing up in a parochial school, I was taught about the joy of the Lord, rejoicing, and the peace that passes all understanding, etc. I also know there has always been turmoil. Jesus tossed the money changers out of the temple, people cried for healing and there were numerous religious wars.
It seems to me there are a lot of upheavals everywhere and a lot of venom is being directed at holy places. When I stop to think, however, it is more than that. I often wonder if there really is more strife worldwide or if it is just the fact that we are hearing more with technologies in place.
I also know there is so much good, sometimes my heart just wants to burst, like witnessing the beauty that surrounds us in spring flowers, experiencing the vastness of the Grand Canyon or someone creating a baby!
What evokes emotions are what I believe is our life force.
Maybe religion is actually a reflection of life.
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