The smell of hot pavement is its own very particular vehicle in service of memory lane. Always accompanied by a companion scent - curry perhaps, car freshener, the oil you've used to adjust the bearings on a skateboard? The open road before us and the sun beating down, does this scent, this space precede the coming of holy, Kingdom of God in the here and now? Can something as simple really be holy ground?
In a secular age, there is a push to strip the public square of all signs of faith. But freedom of religion and freedom of expression are the bare basics for a people to call themselves free. Convivium is a voice for the rightful role of faith and for people of faith in our pluralistic society.