Mama Bear and Papa Bear rocking chairs

The rocking chairs in the both alcoves at the back of historic Sacred Heart Church in downtown Tampa surprised me. As I explored that church, the chairs were a welcoming contrast to the hard, straight wooden pews lined up in the main church.

Almost hidden from the congregation and unoccupied at this weekday mass, the rocking chairs, I imagined, held mothers relaxing in them as they soothed or nursed their children during Sunday Mass.

I was early for Mass, having walked from the conference hotel the hot mile on this September day. In one alcove, two rockers were almost hidden under a staircase.  I sat in the smaller one, which reminded me of where I sat to rock my babies. This Mama Bear Rocker seemed to beckon to me as it waited contentedly next to the taller Papa Bear rocker.

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Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at,
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