beautiful church, farmers, simplicity
Looking At Life - - — By Erich Brandeis TJISKOP William • T. Manning -D announced tc his congregation at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York last Sunday that the reredos, or ornamental partition, behind the altar would soon be removed, thus exposing the full length of the beautiful edifice to full i view. ''The view," he,. said, "will then ;j be the longest!] unbroken vista" in Christendom.", He further an-; nounced that,! immediately af- 5 ter the war, the campaign to raise ten million dollars dollars for the completion completion of the cathedra) would be continued. He reminded his hearers that that was not very much since "it has just been announced announced that it will Jake thirty- five million dollars to repair the airplane carrier Franklin." And, he stated that, when finished, finished, St. John's would be the second in size in the world. "It- will be more than one-'.hird larger than St. Paul's Cathedral in London London or Notre Dame in Paris." * » * I don't blame the Bishop for being proud of his church. I hope that every last cent of that ten-million dollars will be raised. I, myself, shall contribute my mite if I am ashed. But what hss the fact that St. John's will be the second BRANDEIS largest church in the world got to do with the rebuilding of the airplane carrier Franklin? Franklin? If, out of a tiny backwoods chapel in New England 01^ California California or Michigan should come the message that will eliminate the need for future airplane carriers—that will be a far larger vista than any cathedral can give as long as it is subject ot the bombings of enemy planes. The largest vista in Christendom Christendom can never be through the expanse or the windows of a man-made building, but it must come through the windows of the soul. * * * ~D IGHT here in our village of -*•*' Brnokfield we have a little; white church "that was built many years ago. Its building has not cost more than one of the windows of St. John's. But when I pass it in the evening evening sunset and see its steeple rise into heaven as in prayer, and when I see the farmers and the villagers go into it on Sundays be•cause be•cause they have a need for it and for *I1 it stands for, then, to me, that little church is as great an edifice and as beautiful a memorial memorial to marTs faith in God. as any St. John's or St. Paul's or Notre Darr.c can. be. For, in that little church, every bit as sincerely as in the great cathedrals, men and women pray that tht'time may come when not another penny will have to be spsr.t for the building or rebuilding rebuilding of airplane carriers!