The House of Christ

At Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, Portugal

Still more than the house of the Christian people, the church [building] is the house of Christ. A mystery, a presence, fills even the poorest of the Catholic churches. The church is inhabited. It does not live primarily by the motion of the comings-and-goings, which the crowds bring to it. A church is, rather, the very source of life and purity for those who enter within its walls. It possesses a real presence, the corporal presence of Christ, where Love Supreme touched our human nature in order to contract an eternal wedding with it, the hearth of a radiance capable of illuminating the entire drama of time and human affairs.
Charles Cardinal Journet (18911975)

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