A few highlights from the trip:
One thing that struck me while I was there is that several Christians were likely enjoying the Hall with me. They've all come to connect with their heroes, with men (and women too!) who have long since departed this world. They do this through the things these players have left behind: gloves, uniforms, baseballs, pictures, autographs, etc. They do this in a place built specifically to honor meritorious figures in the world of sports.
Is this not what Catholics do when they venerate the relics of the saints? Our heroes are men and women of spiritual prowess who have departed this world. We seek to connect with them through relics, the things they have left behind. We honor them in our churches and in our homes. It's not such an appalling concept once you consider the various ways in which the secular world and non-Catholic Christians have honored deceased men and women throughout the ages.
But, back to the coffee shop. Sean and I walked over to this place, just hoping for a place to read while we waited on the van. It turned out being such a cozy little spot. It kind of had a record store vibe, with old rock posters and record covers all over the walls. But, it had a coffee shop vibe too, with little couches and tables and nooks tucked away where you could just sit and enjoy a cup of cofee and some relative peace. So, I sat there, with some hot chocolate and a small plate of crumb cake, reading Jesus of Nazareth and, honestly, wishing I could never leave. Unfortunately, they closed at 4pm (which sucked mightily) and we had to find another place to go. But, being at that coffee shop was one of my favorite moments of the trip.
I should have pics and even a video coming soon. Now, let's get into some apologetics....