crazy conversations

February 19, 2016 7:02pm CST
I had lunch out today, with my beautiful Italian friend and our friend, The Phone Addict {so called because she's *always* connected to her phone in some way.} We stuffed our faces full of a selection of global treats at the stuff as much food into your gob as you can manage! buffet. It was heavenly and scrumptiously divine. Later, my beautiful Italian friend and I wandered back to the city centre, bumping into tourists and students, and jumping out of the way of cyclists. As we meandered along the street, she told me of her sister back home, who is considering becoming a nun. Demons crept into the conversation, closely followed by speaking in tongues {not us, silly} and the facial reconstruction - or transformation - when a person is truly possessed. I love my beautiful Italian friend, but sometimes I have to bite my tongue and try not to laugh at her crazy notions. Schizophrenia, I suggested. Psychosis, I suggested. Too many drugs, I suggested. No, definitely possession, she asserted. Shortly after this we popped into the Catholic Church on the corner. I don't think I have ever been in a functioning Catholic Church in the UK prior to today, and was perhaps a trifle surprised to note that it looked no different to the zillions of protestant churches and cathedrals I've quietly stepped into. I took photos, because I love old churches. We whispered. And God didn't smite me.
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@DWDavis (14103)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
20 Feb 16
I am glad God didn't smite thee for thy disbelief. Seriously, though, most thinking Biblical scholars these days acknowledge the "demons" of old were probably diseases such as epilepsy or other seizure causing ailments.
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20 Feb 16
Precisely! But she's from Sicily so I don't like to argue with her too much. I don't fancy waking up to find I'm sharing my pillow with a horse's head. *gasp*
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
20 Feb 16
Churches all look alike, most of all churches in the past were Catholics, so it's not a surprise that even the non (no more) Catholic churches are very similar.
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20 Feb 16
I realise that. I was being slightly sarcastically flippant. It doesn't translate well onto paper, with no body or facial language to read! *grin*
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@Morleyhunt (20713)
• Canada
20 Feb 16
Old churches often began as Catholic Churches (in the UK). I find visiting different churches to be fascinating and informative.
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20 Feb 16
I know ... {see my response to Anna's comment!} I love visiting old churches, and more particularly their graveyards. There's so much history tied up in those places.
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@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
20 Feb 16
It is interesting to visit old churches of various denominations
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20 Feb 16
Over here a great number of churches were desecrated during the civil war ... beautiful pictures were painted over and a lot of them have been discovered and lovingly restored. I find old churches to be amazing pieces of architecture.
@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
22 Feb 16
I am not Catholic but I love walking round the churches in the UK and Europe.