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 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. (1 Cor 3:16-17)

Each one of us is the temple of God, a temple that God Himself creates if only we let Him. We put the foundations and the stones which He uses step by step to construct who we are. It doesn’t mean that we have to sit idly without having any initiative. It is in fact the opposite. Without our involvement no progress can be done. We are to give God what we have and at the same time have an idea of who we want to be. Sometimes, however, it happens that we  build something in a wrong way, we construct the altar in a different place than we should and therefore God has to interfere in a more direct way. Usually these times are the times of crisis, when God tries to tell us: „Careful, it should not stay here. If you put those stones here, the building will collapse.” And destroys it to give a chance to build something in a new way.

But the temple of God is not only a singular person. A temple is also the Church, a community of people, little temples. Each one of them is a stone that makes a part of the Temple. Some of them are precious, beautiful, well-shaped, perfect diamonds designed to be a part of an ornament or of the altar.  Others, however, are less valuable, dirty, with scratches more or less visible, so crooked that in our opinion can be put only as a stopgap. But all of them are indispensable. God knows who He wants and where to put them, even though we all have our own ideas on how this Temple should look like and which material should be made of and sometimes even unconsciously we want to throw away those which we think are not worthy to be placed in the Temple. But God wants them, He wants to make use of them, so what are we to decide?
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Union “St. Catherine of Siena” of School Missionaries is a Dominican Religious Congregation.
We are called to accompany our contemporaries along their path with study and prayer and to seek along with them Gospel’s answers to the questions of our complex, multicultural society.
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