St. Peters Cathedral Square
This past May, my husband and I took a Viking River Cruise through Europe from Amsterdam to Budapest. We visited more Cathedrals then we could count. I knew my task of finding the "Christmas Card Church" was going to be tough, but when we visited Salzburg, it was a done deal! It was a gorgeous day, our wedding anniversary, and I was in the heart of "The Sound of Music" land... if you know me, you know that I can recite all the words and lyrics of that movie! We toured the magnificent cathedral and the cemetery grounds nearby. We climbed the old stone staircase to the third floor of the catacombs built into the side of the nearby mountain.
This sketch is from the window in the catacombs built where a monastery thrived in the 7th Century. That's hard to wrap my mind around! I tried to imagine what it would have been like to live then, in the early days of Christianity. Today our lives are much easier in many ways, but in other ways more complicated. But like the monks of that day, our commitment to our faith is what remains steadfast and gives us hope for the future.