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Florida//Part 2

Alright on to Part 2! I really enjoy putting these posts together because I get to relive all the fun we had. Sure, there were crazy times and moments where I was doubtful about how we would manage all three kids. But in the end, it's easy to see that there wasn't anything to worry about at all. I guess that's how hindsight works huh?

After the graduation on Saturday we went to the pub, enjoyed drinks on the patio, and ate lunch. From there we crossed the street to the oratory to explore. Peter and James immediately took advantage of the fact that they had been let loose in an empty church. They quickly realized that when they yelled or made any noise it was extra loud. Needless to say, our "exploration" of the oratory was a little rushed but we got to see most of it nonetheless.

This is the front of the oratory. I know I posted this one yesterday but I just wanted to remind you what the front looked like. You're welcome. Anyway.... The details on the front are just incredible. I do wish I had been able to capture an adequate picture of the front. Side note... To my left (not pictured) is the library where they have an adoration chapel attached. I mean, how awesome is that?! You're just studying along and then you're like "I need some Jesus time." Kaboom. Chapel.

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Ok so inside the oratory...

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Yeah.

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Pictures really don't do it justice but you get the idea.

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Simply breathtaking. As soon as you walk in you can just "feel" the sacred. Does that make sense? Do I sound crazy?

Don't answer that.

Look at those gorgeous statues we pray to!

If you're Catholic then you just had a mini heart attack when you read that. If you're not Catholic you're like "I KNEW IT!". This is just me taking a moment to clarify that Catholics do not "worship" or "pray to" statues. They are simply there to remind us of our call to holiness. They are there to inspire us to be the best version of ourselves. Their stories of suffering and strength give us hope that no matter where we have been, we can always come home to the Father. Feel free to comment or email me with any questions on this piece of Catholicism. Or any piece for that matter. Always happy to do some "myth busting" about my faith.

Ok time to get back on track.

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Baby in baptismal font. Adorable no?

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Hipster Catholic candle pictures ahead. You've been warned.

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Plant.

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The architecture of the oratory is so traditional but filled with modern details. It's "upside down boat" formation follows the ancient idea that the church is our ship guiding us to heaven. However the modern touches help illustrate the contrast of the changing culture with the steadfast love of Christ. Though the world moves around us, He remains.

And with that I'll leave shoe/floral picture. Because no blog post is complete without it.

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That's it for part 2. More to come soon!

~BM