And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church…


As I drove past our precious Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament today, once again I mourned for the loss of such a magnificent and sacred building. In February of 2011 our city was hit by a magnitude 6.3 aftershock (the most destructive and fatal since the initial September 11th 2010). Our city crumbled, lives were lost and so many lost their homes and way of life. A large number of churches all throughout the city are now unable to use their buildings and are having to come together to worship in halls, homes, schools etc.

The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament was a testament to the prayers, labour and love of the Catholic community in Christchurch. It was a truly beautiful basilica and I have many precious memories of it….

But today I got thinking….

As beautiful as our Churches and Cathedrals are… God also humbles himself to dwell within our very hearts!

Maybe as we lead up to Easter, it is time to look at the “building” of our heart… do we put as much care and attention to detail into preparing for Our Lord in the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist? Do we decorate our hearts with the art of charity and good will? Do we make our hearts a place of stillness, quiet and prayer?

I certainly felt a nudge in the direction of confession 🙂

How about you?




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