I was alone in a small chapel yesterday - stopping by to say a quick prayer in the midst of my day. It was just me, and God, and the sanctuary lamp glowing reminding me of the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. As I looked at the lamp, I was reminded of those who literally sought sanctuary within the walls of a Church. It was a safe place where one could seek refuge. In many ways, I seek out Churches for the same reason. Churches are a safe place, removed from the craziness that all too often exists outside of their walls.
There, I can just rest with the Lord. I can lay myself and my needs at His feet. I can sit and keep company with Him, even if only for a few moments. Yes, I can pray anywhere (and I do!), but there is that special connection within the walls of a Catholic Church, with the real presence of the Eucharist dominating the space. In that sacred space, I can find peace, and have a small foretaste of the sanctuary that heaven will provide.