Originally published by Blessed Is She


A few years ago, a colleague at work asked, “Why does the Catholic Church spend so much money on expensive cathedrals when half of the world suffers in poverty?”

I wasn’t surprised. As an atheist turned Catholic, I have been there and wonder how many find themselves in the same dilemma today. How can we witness the greatness and grandeur of our history in a secularized world?

That afternoon, we spent some time over coffee, reasoning and relaying our hearts and I have never been more grateful for my conversion.

Today, as we commemorate the Feast of the Dedication of two of the greatest churches in Catholicism—the Basilicas of Saint Peter and Saint Paul—we pause to remember why our churches are so ornate, exquisite, and transcendent. They point us toward Heaven and they remind us of our deepest identity as sons and daughters of an eternal God.



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