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Excerpts: That Lost Worldnext











quoteIf you walked into any of the hundreds of neighborhood Catholic churches around the city back then, you would have felt the distinctive otherness that signals the divine. Wordless and mysterious, yet quite real, it made you feel that God was somehow right there behind the altar rail in the sanctuary of the church, signified by an always-lit candle.


This constant witnessing to the sacred in space and time not only recognized the sacred as real, it irrevocably changed the way we thought of the world. The very act of worship both signified and created a way to see ordinary reality itself as sacred, placing the entire experience of life in the context of the transcendent. The neighborhood, the city, and the world were in a very real way, holy. This experience of sacred space and sacred time created a rich web of meaning stretching across continents and reaching back thousands of years.