Many people admire the physical structure of Saint Clement and the art it contains. And rightly so: the murals and mosaics are indeed stunning. As corporal beings, it is easy for us to get caught up in things of beauty. We take comfort in the things we can see, touch, hear, and smell. We enjoy the refinement of a great painting, or the mastery of a well-designed building.
But even the stones of Saint Clement will be thrown down by weather, time and neglect.