I started going to my high school chapel a lot during my sophomore year. Times felt harder for me then than they do now and I’m really grateful for that. Whether you’re spiritual or not I like to recommend going to chapels for anyone in stress. For me, chapels act as a sanctuary from the sometimes troublesome world. It’s a place where you can be alone with your thoughts and feel welcome even if nobody’s there. In early high school, I tended to go just when I was hurting. However, as the years progressed I went more frequently over diverse sets of emotion. Sometimes I would go in because I was feeling ecstatic, sometimes I would go in due to excessive amounts of worry, and sometimes I would go in to just rest because I was tired. Seton Hall Prep had a lovely chapel. I feel like my relationship with God and myself really started to develop in those hallways and in that chapel
. God went from something I was told about to something I could relate to. Coming to college, I felt these relationships become stronger and more present in my day to day life. Fordham has become this beautiful house that hosts my spiritual journey. We have numerous chapels on campus and I’d like to share my favorite one here. The Blue Chapel held in Keading Hall is my personal cherished spot on campus. It’s on the top floor of Keading and Keading is the very center, most iconic building to Fordham. In the middle of the floor, a sign reads “Blue Chapel” and directs you to the small but sweet room of worship in the elder building. As the stones change from the hallway to the chapel, a new atmosphere arises. Blue drapes hang from the walls, old pews fill the room, and at the very center there is crucifix with Jesus Christ, and a heart directly above it. The stained glass filters the natural light and illuminates the room with soothing shades of blue, red, and yellow.
Each pane of glass can be opened, giving the best view of Eddies parade.
Once opened, natural sunlight fills the room. The light is warm and the breeze swirls around the room.
Chapels are sanctuaries for me.