Besides that, everyone can use the chalice and share the goods, same with all of the art and cathedrals…where else can a peasant enjoy these things? But in a cathedral, it is as much his and God’s.
That is exactly how I feel. I grew up in a small town, none of us were really “rich”. My family seemed to have a little more than most (as to cultured things, antiques, nice stuff but still didn’t make ya rich things), but no one really had much of any beauty or refinement-except for the local Catholic churches (one in town and one an ethnic Polish parish in the country). Krakow (the country Polish church) still has the High Alter and ornate side altars and I always thought it was such a pretty church. The church in town has some of the nicest stained glass windows I’ve ever seen in a small time church. All the Apostles, Sts. Francis and Anthony, the patronesses of the Archdiocese and parish on the side windows and a magnificent portrayal of the Crucifixion in the choir loft.
To make the “pilgrimage” to Omaha to see the Cathedral (and the Henry Doorly Zoo plus do some shopping )was always fun and always awe-inspiring. I never thought, “Gee, if I only had all that money that they spent on renovating this thing…”
The Church provides culture, preserves art, and provides beautiful settings for the adoration and worship of God at the Sacrifice of Holy Mass and other prayer times. This is what makes me sad about the “modern” churches-they look cheap and uninspired.
When the protestants took over parts of Europe they often broke our images of Jesus along with Mary and the Saints, whitewashed the churches and made everything uninspiringly plain. Now we do it to our own churches, castrate the sacred ornateness that was often a hallmark of a Catholic church and make them often unrecognizable from a protestant "church’. :mad: