As I collected my Saturday edition of The Telegram from my mailbox I noticed a familiar image gracing the front page, the statute of St. Clare.
I say familiar, as the day before I had cause to visit St.Clare’s hospital as I have a number of times over the years. I had a 7 a.m. appointment and upon leaving almost an hour later through the main lobby, noticed that there was a considerable number of people seated in the lobby waiting area on either side of the statue of St. Clare, which is located in the corner.
My immediate reaction, though I’m not Catholic, (I was born in St.Clare’s), was one of comfort.
Being in a hospital I’ve always felt the more religious symbols the better. The only place you pray more than in church is when you’ve been hospitalized, particularly if the situation can be or is serious.
This is why I was surprised and disappointed when I read the accompanying article, which spread over to page four.
My surprise was why The Telegram would even run this piece, my disappointment that Mr. Loder would appoint himself the champion of an individual who was uncomfortable with the religious symbols and who obviously has a problem with the Catholic faith.
Mr. Loder goes on to say that “he was coming from it that in this day and age, they (I guess he means the government) should be a little more inclusive because it is a public facility.”
I say too bad, Mr. Loder, if the statute of a saint — a woman who dedicated her life to the poor and sick almost 900 years ago, and crucifixes, offends anyone. It was only months ago that an individual had the cross removed from the outside of St. Matthew’s school because the cross offended them. It seems that we use the term “this day and age” as an excuse to advance causes that sometimes destroy the fabric of our beliefs as well as our religious heritage.
What’s next? Camouflage the exterior of all of our churches so no one will be offended as they pass by?
Mr. Loder wants Eastern Health to remove religious symbols from St. Clare’s when the agreement with the Sisters of Mercy expires in 2015.
I say to Eastern Health, leave
St. Clare’s as it is. I, for one, have always found comfort there.