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A monastery with its own church is in danger of being "given a new destination" in my area. That is newspeak for turning it into a disco, a casino or a hotel. Needless to say that such a move makes every true Christian frown with disgust. Something must be done. My idea was to start a campaign against the people, err I mean the vulture that smelled money (the building companies) that want to destroy this altar of God. This has worked in the past. Of course it will contain a good deal of actions (gossip, possible even lies) and such (writing several letters whilst posing each time as a different person) that go against the moral grain of our holy religion and even the commandements of our Lord. But what to do? I'm almost prepared to break every commandement (except the first) to keep the monastry and the church that I like so much. Just the thought that as I type this, servants of the Mammon are rubbing their fat, greedy hands whilst plotting in "meeting rooms" to discuss the destruction of all things held dearly is a very painful thought. So, what do you suggest? We already stopped a sortlike building plan in 2001.
My first question to you would be what moral and legal means you've already tried.
Even a beautiful church is but a temporal thing--but a mere creature which will cease to exist in a short time (compared to eternity). If it can be saved with righteous action, good, but preserving it is not worth even the smallest venial sin.
Your soul is not worth a building. We must use every means at our disposal so long as we do not violate the faith, and place our trust in Providence.
Yes, I heard that argument as well: "they are mere, temporary buildings". But still, this is where God comes to us again through the sacrifice: on that altar sits Jesus Christ, as it were. I am also not prepared to let the work of many pious generations go to waste by a handful greedy maniacs and their collaborators in the town council.

At this point I have undertaken no action because no plan has even been presented to the city. In the past we stopped a similar project by written protests (we amassed over 1000) to the city council. But that was fairly easy as the monastery was in a residential area anyway. The city even agreed to it but in the last ditch, the state destroyed the plans. A city will always go for the money. That much is sure. Here the matter in fact rests in the hands of the Abbot, who doesn't even reside there anymore. I don't know him so I fear he might succumb.

Archangelum Wrote:Yes, I heard that argument as well: "they are mere, temporary buildings". But still, this is where God comes to us again through the sacrifice: on that altar sits Jesus Christ, as it were.

All the more reason it should not become a source of sin for you.

The bodies of the holy martyrs were temples of the Holy Spirit, but rather than sin, they permitted these temples to be butchered and destryed by the enemies of God.
Maybe you should start to get in touch with the Abbot, and the rest of monastery, if at all possible.

Yes, where are all the monks of the monastary? The "pious generations?" If a church is beautiful but empty, it is no more than a museum. Of course we shouldn't sin that a greater good may come of it. St. Paul addresses this in his letter to the Romans.

- Lisa
I don't think it's worth it to break the Commandments in order to save the building. I understand how disgusting the idea is, and if that were going on anyplace near me, I would also feel willing to do anything possible to protect that Church.

But it doesn't make any sense that you would be willing to sin against God and offend Him in order to save one of His earthly temples. Our souls are the greatest temples of all. Are you sure you want to ruin yours, which will last into Eternity, for the sake of preserving a physical one that will eventually come to an end anyways?

Use peaceful methods that are approved of by the Church. In that way, whether you win or lose, you still will have stepped up to the challenge and have done what God wants you to do.