Reminders from a cathedral


Recently, I visited with a friend who lives in Markham, mere streets away from the Cathedral of the Transfiguration. We decided to take a walk and as we got closer to the Cathedral of the Transfiguration she started giving me some history on the building.

Now, this was not the first time I’ve seen the building, but it was the first time I’ve seen it up close and personal. I’ve driven on Hwy 404, too many times to count, admiring the grand, elaborate structure. The golden onion domes, the height, the overall beauty and detail that can be seen kilometres away.

As we approached the cathedral, she began telling me about the building’s development and its builder and then the shocker…the building was not in use. I had to ask her to repeat herself because I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that this gorgeous building was closed as place of worship or as a matter of fact, closed to anything. To top it off, when I investigated further, Wikipedia says that the building’s construction went ‘significantly over the original budget of $13 million’. Imagine that…every single cent of that original budget of $13 million PLUS more, went to waste.

This got me thinking about life. I think we all know a person (or two) who, like this building, seems to have it ‘all together’ from the outside, but really on the inside, their lives are in disarray. Actually, in our ‘over sharing’ society, at one point or another, we may all be guilty of this very thing.

But on that day, on that walk, I was humbly reminded that creating a life that feels as good on the inside, as it looks on the outside should always be our goal in life. So now I’m reminding you too, in all that you may do to externally show a beautiful life, don’t forget that it really should start from within.

So what does that look like to me? It looks like spending more time feeding my spirit and soul, more time doing things that put a smile on someone else’s face, more time living authentically.

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