The image of a great temple can powerfully draw our imaginations up into the divine reality. Almost all of us have experienced some major church building, and you don’t even have to go to Europe. If you do go, you won’t want to miss the Vatican, Notre Dame, St. Vitus in Praha, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, St. Paul in London, St. Eric in Upsala, and many others, not only Catholic from from every religious tradition. Invite people into the grand images these temple of the Holy Spirit, and bring it quickly back to their bodies as likewise temples. In our internet porn culture, we come to think of ourselves as a bunch of know-it-alls, simply because we can say, “Hey, Siri . . . ” But this clutter is what makes the temple impure and even destroys it.

St. Paul ends this piece with describing for us, just how this new temple is buit up, what holds it together: the person in Christ, and Christ in the Father. Therefore we might ask ourselves this question: With what am I building up my life? By the way, this is a question that Siri can’t answer; so much for the wisdom of this world.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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