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THE HOTEL ST. PAUL’S

BY PATRICK CABELLO HANSEL

It’s not hard to find a spot

to build your nest on the old

church roof.  After all, the

psalm says “even the sparrow finds  a home, and the swallow a nest
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts
”.

The problem is finding a spot

where the red-tailed hawk,

who claims heaven and earth

as his supermarket, cannot

ravage with his fearsome talons.

Perhaps this is why, a century

ago, the Swedes decided to

add these parapets, niches,

cornices and mini-gables high

above the rose window: not

to make it impossible to paint

without a helicopter and a Tom

Cruise stuntman hanging from

a cable, but to build a haven as

close to heaven as wooden

ladders and scaffolds allow;

for they knew—for winged

as well as biped beasts—that

blessings are passed from

generation to generation and

that a good home to raise your

little ones is a legacy that will

not be forgotten, a kindness

that will spread over the wide earth.

Patrick Cabello Hansel is Co-Pastor of St. Paul’s Luth. Church at 28th St. and 15th Av. also the location of the “old church roof.

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