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In Chicago, one of the most important places for me personally is the Church of Ascension on LaSalle Street. Ascension was founded in 1857 as a mission of St. James Church (now the Cathedral of the Diocese of Chicago). Since 1869 the parish has been in the forefront of the Anglo-Catholic tradition in the Episcopal Church, which celebrates the ancient heritage of the Church of England. The exterior wall of the church has a stunning sculpture of Christ hanging on the cross. In my new novel, Facing East, there is a scene that mentions this incredible witness to they city and all who pass by.
“There was a bag lady standing on the steps of the church one time. She asked me for money and I told her I didn’t have any, which wasn’t true. Have you ever noticed the magnificent sculpture of Jesus that hangs on the exterior wall of the church facing LaSalle?”
“I suppose I’ve seen it, but, no, I don’t know it.”
“Underneath the sculpture of Christ it says, Is it nothing to you, all that pass by. With my imagination, I can see myself standing at the pearly gates being asked, “Do you remember the day you refused to help me?”
Robert raised his hand to hail a passing cab. “I’ll vouch for you if needed.” He smiled.
This post is dedicated to Fr. Gregory Norris who was my spiritual director for many years. In that time he became a dearest friend. He retired from Ascension, esteemed by all. He taught me how to glance at Jesus throughout the day! He lives in Texas, and continues to love and serve the Lord in the Russian Orthodox Church. If you are in Chicago on a Sunday, you will be blessed by worshiping in this holy place.