A CATHEDRAL WORTHY OF BEING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENT OF OUR CITY
In his speech on the occasion of the blessing and opening of the canal in Marseilles, Eugene could not resist reminding everyone of the project, so close to his heart, of building a new cathedral. From the moment of his appointment as Bishop of Marseilles, Eugene had constantly worked for “a new cathedral worthy of a great city.”
Finally, in the presence of the great things that are being accomplished on our soil with a view to material utility, may we be allowed to hope that soon, in this city its Bishop and its civic officials will be able to solemnly consecrate to the heart of Jesus, an imposing temple which will rise in honor of this adorable heart, worthy of being the most beautiful ornament of our city. This cathedral will fulfil the most ardent wishes so highly expressed and so generously supported by its representatives, and will be like the necessary crowning of all the works that human art has produced.
Eugene de Mazenod quoted in Rey (Volume 2 pages 255-256)
“Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house so that my name may be there forever; my eyes and my heart will be there for all time.” (2 Chronicles 7:15-16)
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