Being a Christian and raised in a conservative Christian Church seeing the church made famous by the Da Vinci Code was perplexing to say the least. Being a traveler and exploring cultures and history this was a true find. How does one separate the two. Do I look at this chapel with its history and legends as just that, legends? Or do I go explore the chapel hoping for some mind bogging experience. I am a skeptic. I have many beliefs that have been in my mind since childhood. But this was no accident. I was here completely unaware for a reason. Is this the actual location where the descendants of Jesus survived. Are the St. Clairs who still claim ownership of the property the true descendants of Mary Magdalene and Jesus? There are so many questions without any answers. But I did see the chapel. And I saw the memorial and grave of The St. Clair family at Rosslyn. It was an experience that I will never forget.
I have been to many other places that have spiritual significance to many religions. I have been to Fatima where the the legend of the Holy Mothers appearance is significant. I have been to Machu Picchu where the Inca created a spiritual hiding place. I have visited the locations of where my ancestors left Europe and immigrated to the United States. All of these places have their importance and their mark on my history and my beliefs.
But my friend Sue lives in a beautiful home in the hills of Penicuik where she sees the Rosslyn Chapel from her window everyday. Its common place for her. Does that make it any less special, or magical, or spiritual? I don't know. I worked in Washington DC for ten years. I walked past the Capitol Building everyday on my way to work. It became just another building I saw daily. But to tourist on the visitors bus its magical and wonderful to see see the Capitol for the first time. I look at my life each day and try to find something special. I want to experience a Rosslyn Chapel everyday. Some days its difficult to find that special moment. But if I take time, reflect on my blessings, and forget about my problems, there is a Rosslyn Chapel in my horizon everyday. Its my job to find it.