"This is the deepest purpose of this sacred building's existence: the church exists so that in it we may encounter Christ, Son of the living God. God has a Face. God has a Name. In Christ, God was made flesh and gave himself to us in the mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist."
"John's Gospel expresses thus the mystery of the Incarnation: 'And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us'; literally, 'he made his dwelling among us' (John 1:14). Does not the building of a church amid the houses of a village or neighborhood of a city evoke perhaps this great gift and mystery? The church-building is a concrete sign of the Church community, made up of the 'living stones,' which are the believers, an image so loved by the apostles. St. Peter (2:4-5) and St. Paul (Ephesians 2:20-22)."