Essay by Corin I. Bronsther
With graduation from college approaching, I returned to two places that have had a meaningful impact on my life. One was the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the place where my high school graduation took place and the other, the 9/11 Memorial, the place where I witnessed death and destruction the first week I started elementary school. Both of these spaces are considered to be sacred by different groups of people. The Cathedral, named for the seat of the cardinal housed in the building, is the center of the Episcopal Diocese of New York; it is a revered religious sacred space for many people. The 9/11 memorial is a different kind of sacred space, it is a modern secular sacred space that gets its power both from the terrible event that happened there but also the living impact that it has on people. These two spaces are sacred to me for different reasons. Every time I walk by The Cathedral of St. John the Divine it reminds me of the hard-work and perseverance I have had to get where I am. The 9/11 Memorial reminds me of family and to cherish my time that I have with them.
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