All posts tagged: Religion

The Hagia Sophia: a Great Testament to the Human Spirit

One of those things we as a society think we don’t agree about, is religion. There are currently approximately 4,200 known religions in the world — but the differences in beliefs aren’t the source of the disagreements. It’s the perception that we have more differences than we have in common, and that in those differences begin fear. Religion is a sensitive topic. It has, after all, spun wars for centuries, claiming thousands and thousands of lives. This is one of the main reasons why it was amazing to step foot in a place like the beautiful Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, now a museum but one with so much history — both cultural and religious. If you look around its interior, you would still see remnants of symbolism from different religions, as it was originally constructed as a Greek Orthodox basilica, later became a Roman Catholic church, and when the Ottoman Turks came to Turkey, it was converted into a Mosque. It is a testament to how a city evolves with time, a witness to the …

Wall of Wishes

I think it is in the Max Ehrmann poem Desiderata where he says, “therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.” There are 7 billion people in the world, all with their own dreams and wishes; each praying to their gods as dictated by their beliefs. Some believe in no god, and yet in their hearts are whispers of their hopes and aspirations. I was raised Catholic. Born in the Philippines, an almost 80% Catholic country, I grew up believing in all things that came with this faith. So during our most recent trip out of the States in November of last year, it felt almost surreal to be stepping foot at what was believed to have been the Virgin Mary’s House. In Catholic school growing up, every October we used to have rosary month dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and I remember saying a lot of Hail Mary’s, with “pray for us” being …