It is June and the month of June is dedicated to the sacred heart.
You can find the ‘sacred heart’ on lots of places, some find it in Montmartre.
For me, one of the great tragedies of modern life is that one can visit a cathedral and not be moved.
We visit these grand places of worship while on the tourist trail, marvel at the architecture, admire the artworks, shuffle round the various altars and look at the pretty flickering candles before exiting via the gift shop, almost annoyed by the people standing in front of the entrance taking hundreds of photos even though that is forbidden.
I am trying to go back hundreds of years ago when people came here to pray and meditatie, to ask for love and happiness for health and wealth, not to put another tick to their to do list or make marvellous family photos to post.
When I enter the Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre, it is different, I am moved.
Moved to worship.
From the moment you enter the church through the big, creaky door only one sight catches your eye.
There he stands, arms stretched wide, towering above the altar in mosaic form.
His eyes pierce you.
You can’t avoid him.
His face is visible from almost every corner of the church, filling this ‘holy’ space.
Then he is there. making the cross from head to heart (chest) shoulder to shoulder , the world changed from then.
Sacra-Coeur means ‘sacred heart’. full of mercy and compassion. Full of love and pain.
‘Here is the heart that so loved man and is so little loved’
The Sacre Coeur was formally dedicated in 1919 after World War 1 when its national symbolism had shifted.
It was then in 1919 that Benito Mussolini became prominent founding his Fascia Di Combattimento, he initiated in 1935 a large business complex The Palazzo della Civitta planned for the 1942 World Exhibition.
Unfortunately due to cancellation (in june!) of the exhibition to being empty and abandoned it finally found its purpose, housing the Brand Fendi and will have the ground floor hosts expositions with an Italian heart .
Why I am so on the numbers and the buildings is the meaning of the number 1919 resonates with creativity ( my birthday number lucky me) but also patience and faithfulness,
it takes such patience that not all the desires of your heart will manifest in your life when you want,
Jesus was an example, but also both buildings being build and finished.
My plan inspired on The Palazzo will be treated with patience.