Pope Francis arrived in Philadelphia this past weekend for the World Meeting of Families. For security reasons, a good portion of Center City was closed off to cars. A limited number of train stations were open with very reduced train schedules. So after getting some tickets to Sunday’s Papal Mass, my family decided to bike in!
We hit a few road blocks, hills and some rough terrain along the Wissahickon Trail.
But when it opened up, it was kind of surreal riding empty streets heading into Philadelphia!
It was quite a day, one we will always remember!
Decorating inspiration can come from anywhere –even a Papal visit! After all, the root of the word inspiration is spirit and I call on the Holy Spirit daily, for my creative ideas. Pope Francis talked a lot of preserving our earth, God’s creation and about his concerns that we are a “throw-away society.” He said “We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it.” Repurposing old items for new functions is worth it, not only because we create something beautiful, but because it’s saving something that might have otherwise ended up in a landfill.
So here I thought I’d rouse your creativity with images of church-inspired decorating!
This old church pew offers extra seating in my dining room.
Stained glass arched window in a serene bathroom.
A colorful pew with additional storage below.
That’s the end of my sermon. Go out and be inspired or be inspiring! Take care of each other and the earth!