Glory In Stone

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If there are to be cathedrals of tomorrow, as surely there will be, they should not, perhaps, even attempt to re-create the glories of the past. It will be better if they utilize the materials and the lines of our modern age, like the great new cathedral at Liverpool. But that edifice holds the very spirit of the mightiest age of building. For during World War II, when Liverpool, like other British ports, was under relentless bombardment, when every penny must be counted, the British people calmly went on with the construction of this great modern fane, undaunted by death and destruction. While buildings were crashing all over the country, Liverpool’s cathedral grew, stone on slow stone. And these stones speak to us, like those of every Gothic glory, bidding us to have reverence for beauty, old or new, and faith in the permanence of faith.