The fragile spring light through stained glass
sifted and soft, diluted – almost as if not allowed
to enter this hallowed place where in shrouds,
every day, forgotten saints witness the new mass

I am awed by this place of worship – the grandiosity
From every angle, virtue, skill – stunning and beautiful
So why can’t I feel anything but cold, no presence at all
inside this
Testament to – Man’s Faith or the Foolishness of Humanity
I guess both are true equally

Written by Nathalie, April 6th 2015

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35 thoughts on “Cathedral

  1. Hi I’m Shreya!
    Love the post. You have great content on your blog. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
    I am relatively new to the blogging forum so please feel free to visit my blog and leave some feedback if you even find the time.
    Enjoy your summer.
    Shreya xx

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    1. I’m so glad you got it Matt. Some of those places of worship are magnificent but I usually get a weird feeling when I visit, like, is it a place of light or darkness? I guess my strong (rather negative) feelings about religion play a part in this but…I don’t think that’s all of it.

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      1. Absolutely, I find the whole concept of whatever spiritual force may be out there, and the endurance of religion over the ages fascinating. Is faith a natural thing? Is it a crutch that our weak flesh and spirit cannot do without? etc…
        We should definitely have this conversation 😉

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  2. So true to the illusion of such well crafted stone and glass that asks all of us to take a leap of faith. I still like to think there is an entity that exists carried inside with all of our own efforts. Thanks.

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  3. Beautifully written. I too get a bit of an odd feeling when entering a place of worship. Unease, and nervousness would best describe it. It almost seems devoid of humanity. I’m just rambling now, oops!

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    1. No, you’re not rambling, you’re describing just how I feel in those places! I also feel like they are devoid of humanity, when surely the opposite should be true.
      Thank you for your visit, and your “rambling” 😉

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  4. Wonderful and thought provoking! I was raised in an atheist family and I’m not religious either but during my teenage years I took an interest in religion and tried to shape my own beliefs. I explored different religions but in the end nothing really worked for me. However, it was an important process to go through. I was lucky to have parents who let me explore and decide for myself what I wanted to believe in, on not believe at all. I feel like everyone should have that chance. Still I feel that religion should be more personal and less institutionalized…
    Sorry for the long comment. XD

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    1. I think your parents seem to be full of common sense, I always said that I didn’t think parents should impose religion on their children but that children should be left to make up their own mind about it when they are old enough to do so.
      Thank you so much for reading and giving me your thoughts too, I love long comments! 😉

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  5. Beautiful poem. It felt to me as if figuratively you were describing the current tension about beliefs. As if the ‘lack of light’ inside a religious temple somehow is also the lack of openness to a diverse world. Thank you for sharing your poem with us.


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  6. There is something about cathedrals that are fascinating, from the architecture to the people it draws, I think these days a lot of people are drawn to them more as a receptacle of history or t go up to the roof and get a nice view of whichever city you are in, which always gets my vote.

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    1. I totally get that, I’m interested in them for all those reasons too but I’ve always been fascinated by religion and I cannot forget that’s what Cathedrals were originally built for. I was raised a catholic too although I’ve since turned against religion as a whole. Anyway, before I start rambling…thank you for reading and for your thoughts as well 🙂


      1. It is intriguing that anti religious people are still drawn to cathedrals for the religious aspect, it does make me wonder if there is something innate that inclines us to such things. Now I’m not saying God but just something instinctual that wishes us to believe in something higher. It’s an interesting thought but me, I go for the gift shop.

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  7. Nathalie, “Cathedral” is beautifully written, and amazing imagery! The entire first stanza gives me the chills. Fantastic line, “every day, forgotten saints witness the new mass”, the idea is lovely and eerie at the same time. I wonder about those canonized as saints, would they have wanted this honor or recognition? In my mind so much of organized religion is presented as opposites pulling against each other, black and white, good and evil, all created to keep and scare the masses into behaving.

    Another great line, “Testament to – Man’s Faith or the Foolishness of Humanity”. Wonderful and thought provoking. Is faith in religion something some people need in order to survive, or does it offer a false sense of security? This poem offers up a great debate, is it the intention of God or Man to keep order?

    Cathedrals are beautiful, cold, and unwelcoming. Something unholy about the holy, they seem more like shrines, where often only the dead are welcome. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, take good care!

    Warm wishes,

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