Basilica de Sacre Coeur

The Basilica de Sacre Coeur is the first Catholic Church I ever entered. I was on a mission trip to France the summer of my senior year in high school. We went to Paris as tourists and ended up roaming the little streets and alleys of Montmartre.

Suddenly we came on the Basilica. I had never seen anything like it. Being brought up in an independent Bible church I never knew places existed. It was night, and I entered the darkened basilica, just pools of light where the candles were burning. I can still remember kneeling down to pray–not knowing why or what, but knowing that I was on sacred ground.
Many years later, I came to understand and know about St Margaret Mary, and the devotion to the Sacred Heart, and had the chance to visit Paray le Monial.

  • my15minutes

    This one would be on my list too. I visited it as a Protestant and remember thinking how foreign the Catholic vibe felt; yet it was still so intriguing…like there was a whole ‘nother world out there I knew nothing about.

  • kkollwitz

    Speaking of Mont St Michel & Sacre-Coeur, The massing of Minas Tirith in the Lord of the Rings movie is like Mont’s, and the white round-arch buildings remind me of Sacre Coeur.

  • Padre Steve

    I wish we could build beautiful churches like this again! I am so tired of the gym masses! Our banks in New York and New Jersey are more ornate than many churches!

  • kentuckyliz

    Padre Steve, that’s because people love their money more than they love God. The money temples express the affinity.Calls to mind Our Lord’s warning about serving God and Mammon. There’s lots of love for Mammon nowadays.