Monday, October 12, 2009

Angel Connections

Photograph © Copyright 2009 by Sylvia Stites

Do you suppose the love and appreciation of angels can be in our genes? I’m wondering about that.

I always felt connected to my first cousin, Sylvia when we were young, although we didn’t spend a lot of time together during those early years. And then our lives went in separate directions for more than forty years, and just this spring Sylvia got in touch with me via one of my websites (thank goodness for the Internet and email). She and her husband, Tom live in Vienna, Austria, and recently retired from teaching. Sylvia taught school for forty-two years around the world; early on in the U.S, but for the most part in places such as Pakistan, Indonesia, South America, and Vienna. They are now retired.

It so happens Sylvia has a love for angels like I do. They just returned home to Vienna from a vacation in Switzerland and Italy. Syliva took this photograph of an angel for me. It is on the exterior door of the Duomo di Milan, a Gothic cathedral in Milan, Italy.

Duomo Milan is the largest Gothic cathedral and the second largest Catholic cathedral in the world.

By the way, our grandparents were born in Sicily. Our grandfather, Calcedonio Spera came to America when he was about eight years old in 1882, and in 1895 went back to Sicily and married our grandmother, Antonia Barcia and they both came to America.



Mark said...

I am open to the possibilities that it is genetic. I believe though that your affinity to angels was probably passed down through the stories and beliefs of your families and from your own experiences.
What a beautiful work of art the cathedral is.

Anonymous said...

I believe the entire universe is in our genes and that our ancestors likes and dislikes are encoded in our genes and are active for us to learn from and enhance and/or to process and forgive.

Chuck Dilmore said...

all are connected...
but only some are touched by it.


Anonymous said...

I think that there is a 'spirituality gene' and that would explain it. I find it interesting that spirits, angels, fairy folk, sprites, elementals etc pop up all over the place in every religion and culture. Perhaps they are just names for the same thing?

Nancy said...

Hmm, I'm not sure if it's genetic. But that cathedral does leave one breathless.