Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it. – C.S. Lewis
This link (http://saintannbuffalo.org/?p=1538 ) makes an important point when discussing the $8-12 million needed for estimated repairs: "In the 1870s, the German people of St. Ann–most of them poor–made an act of faith to build something splendid for God and for Buffalo.In 2013 dollars, their project would have cost millions."
Yes, people seem to lack vision nowadays.
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Prov. 29:18)And please, that does not mean making a parish mission statement. The Hebrew word refers to a divine revelation, a prophetic vision that is made plain through visible means. When the people lack that vision, they are headed for destruction.Very interesting that the dollar numbers are still so similar after more than a century.