Plus, more sabbatical reads and a beachy selfie
I can completely relate to the feeling of going back to church after a while, having been deeply ingrained in my childhood and then completely away from it for many years.
I'm so glad it brought out those feelings and reflections my friend!
“And I think the beauty of experiencing nostalgia is that it is an inherently introspective state. Nostalgia is feeling the past. And by feeling the past, you gain a new consciousness. You start seeing how your perception influenced what you thought of those events, those memories. Perhaps you perceive things differently now. Perhaps you will perceive things differently in the future.”
Sheesh, great stuff here Camilo. Your reflections on nostalgia, the church, and God are so beautiful and so real. Thank you for writing this piece!
You said this so beautifully that I reread it three times: "One of the powers of travel is that it can also make you time travel. If you go back to the places of your youth—see your roots—your mind will naturally want to relish in nostalgia as a way to harmonize the familiarity of the past with the present."
Whenever I attend mass, I realize how much I've missed it.
Beautiful reading your Palm Sunday experience and reflection.
Beautiful essay, Camilo. It perspires with your sensitivity and the openness of your mind and soul. I love how you can write emotionally, from the heart, which is the only way to write when thinking about ideas and concepts and memories so powerful yet so available to be shaped by your own senses and experiences like these. Your thoughts about going to mass and having a belief resonate so loudly. I could have written these words myself. Thank you!
Such a great essay Camilo, your descriptions really placed me in not only the church, but also the feeling of nostalgia and Catholic guilt. Love the beach selfie! I’m so impressed you caught that while I’m assuming having your phone or camera in the sand. Sounds like you had a good trip!
Nice photo, Camilo! Love the colors!