Do you agree that in times of stress we are wise to further develop our sense of humour ?
I laughed, (although perhaps I shouldn’t have), when I learned, several years ago through the media, that a cathedral in another Newfoundland outport had been sold, and was going to be turned into a brewery !
The name of the brewery caused me further amusement, since it will be called ‘The Yellow Belly Brewery’. Perhaps the name is appropriate, since selling the historic cathedral as a place to brew alcohol appears to be a cowardly thing to do.
Of course, the town’s parishioners were greatly divided at the decision.
Some lamented, since their ancestors had helped build the church, and it has been the focal point of the community for generations.
Other residents felt less nostalgic, thinking only that ‘times are changing’. Membership had dropped, there was no money for repairs, and the brewery would provide some employment.
Yesterday I checked progress on the brewery, and I could not find any evidence that it is now running. Apparently, beer is not yet flowing in the cathedral.
Perhaps God is not pleased with the proposed project, although the church hierarchy made the deal with the brewery.
The Lord knows that, unfortunately, there are already way too many people with addictions to alcohol in Newfoundland.
Photo is of the cathedral in Harbour Grace, NL