In some ways I think the desire for instant gratification that is more or less endemic in modern culture has robben us of some deeper truths and deeper satisfactions that are the rewards of those who put in the hard yards. Instead of saving up for something we get a loan, instead of making and buying better quality products that will last a lifetime we go for the cheaper disposable option. As a teacher I feel that some of my students want to get really good at something without having to work at it (I’m still trying to master my craft 25 years after starting). Of course if something is hard to do the satisfaction when you can finally do it is far more profound. The now generation of course misses this.
In many ways Cathedrals are the antithisis of now. The foundation stone of the second St Mary’s (the first was destroyed in a fire) was laid in 1868. Sixty years later in 1928 the ‘almost complete’ St Mary’s was opened. For me there is something wonderful about a building that takes generations of people to build. Such a structure is so much more than any individual it transcends individuals and in the process reveals yet another facet of the divine.