In his column for October 15, ” éintimate churches ”,Christiane Rancé leads us to remember the wonders of our religious heritage. We gladly follow his footsteps in these small churches to celebrate in our turn the rooting of our Christian culture in the landscape of our country. But even more, we thank her for making us understand that this pandemic can not be just a plague, a calamity that puts everything down. It can also be a time to experience something else from the point of view of our family and social relationships. A moment conducive to contemplation and exploration of the interior of our lives. We were all complaining about the general excitement of the world: now it begins to slow down as if to offer us the opportunity to catch our breath and rediscover a listening to others and to ourselves that we had lost.
I fully share Laurence Cossé’s question (The cross October 14) tinged with regret over the absence of any contemporary trace of the religious character of the religious buildings which are now historical monuments often remarkably restored and open to the public. Admittedly, the guided tours recall, in the best of cases, the organization of monastic life, its rules, the impulse of faith which underlies their construction, but all of this stems from a distant past without connection with our current world. … It is regrettable and like you, I think that a little room for the spirit which has breathed in these high places of spirituality would be welcome and legitimate. In fact, I wanted above all to cite an example which goes a little in this direction and which brings hope, however fragile, that of the Thoronet abbey in the Var. Restored and managed by the national monuments, it can be visited throughout the year under the usual conditions of the Museums of France, but every Sunday, between noon and 1:30 p.m., the museum is closed to allow the celebration of a mass. often with the help of musicians or a choir. It is always a moment of great joy, but it is only possible thanks to the stubbornness and perseverance of Father Jean Philippe Cante who, until now, has succeeded in obtaining this niche of spirituality perfectly in keeping with the places. But this is only a parenthesis since fromIte missa is and the last musical note wonderfully reverberated by the vaults, all religious symbols must disappear, starting with the large wooden cross temporarily installed behind the altar …