Sunday Morning

When you’ve been raised inside a religion, it’s not a small thing to step outside it. Even if you no longer believe in it, you can feel its absence.

There’s a spirit-wound to a Sunday.

You can patch it, but it’s there, whether natural or invented not for me to say.

Niall Williams, “This Is Happiness” (Bloomsbury Publishing; December 3, 2019)

Photo: Kuehn Malvezzi of “House of One” (Berlin)



  1. ‘a spirit wound’ – perfectly said

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  2. The white empty space, the barrel vault, the tall vertical windows are so evocative. I wondered what I was seeing before the quote. What a great post. Thank you.

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  3. A closer look at the photograph gives the impression that the room is in the shape of an Ω, as in the Alpha (beginning) and Omega (end/ consummation) of Christian theology. It is as though the photographer chose to show us only the right side of the Omega. What more can you tell us, David, about the intent of the architect, the photographer, and the author?

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  4. From the graphic, one expects an angel any second, come to Retrieve one at last (a la Francis Thompson’s “Hound of Heaven”)!

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “When you’ve been raised inside a religion, it’s not a small thing to step outside it.” … in my personal view, I have been able to stay outside and look in … without regrets!!


  6. That picture… and it’s funny, but, though I went through all the official “rituals” of Catholicism, we were far from raised religiously. I wonder how that would have affected how I live my life?

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  7. Monday here, nice and cool it is too, for now

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  8. Just my 2p of thoughts.
    1st: Magnificent photo – saw it in the reader and thought: That’s a church I’d like to convert – that space, light, those slim windows, the vaults, the magic….
    2nd: The words – I believe you less and less when you say you’re an agnostic. You weren’t so touched by Niall Williams’ words if you didn’t yearn for something a bit more substantial in your life.
    3rd: Read the Graun article – yes, fascinating
    4th: Looked up the German band of those 3 fabulous architect founders of this now really big and important company. So much we learn, and so much we’ll never learn!

    And lastly: I’m occasionally sneeking an hour of YTube binge-viewing of a ‘proposed’ link called Escape to the Country….

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  9. I read an article today and it reminded your offering…backstory the subject at that time had lost 20 years of memory instantly, she now has recovered to a point of the past 5 years being blank…”Swenson, who had left the Church of Latter Day Saints 10 years previously, kept asking for a Mormon blessing. She was easily disturbed: “We’re not supposed to be here,” she mumbled over and over again. It was as if she’d time-traveled back to 1992.” (at that moment she was in 1992…amazing how the brain in chaos recalls…
    I will send you the link to the article which also has an amazing piece of art to go along with the article…the article will stay with a person for sometime…

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  10. btw I love the photo, amazing streaming light highlighting architecture…

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  1. […] Kanigan’s Sunday Morning introduced me to Niall Williams’s words and a photograph of architecture from Berlin. […]

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