I went to Confession today outside of my home parish. I'd been to this church before but was more focused on the sacrament than my surroundings. There were several people ahead of me so I just knelt and prayed. After a while, though, my neck got a bit stiff and I started looking around. I've always preferred more traditional churches and right away noticed the bland, modern architecture and boring, sterile walls. What really struck me, though, was the plain wooden cross. I thought it was a requirement that all churches are to have a crucifix either on/behind or to the side of the altar. This one didn't have a single crucifix in the place, at least not that I could see. There was a statue of Mary to one side of the altar, and a statue of Joseph on the other, but no Jesus. In fact, the only visual hint of Jesus I could find was that barren cross.
I like going to Confession there because the times and location are convenient and the priest is very likeable and easy to talk to. I could never see going to Mass there, though. I don't necessarily need marble columns and vaulted ceilings, but I prefer to feel like I'm actually in a church instead of a meeting hall or concert venue. The total lack of any images of Christ also bothered me quite a bit. I wanted to mention it here just to get others' input and opinions.