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  • Savoia
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    Sav's Sunday Post

    Why This Thread?

    In recent decades much of what has been 'accepted European culture' for many centuries, has come under attack — both from without and within. Whether these attacks are 'justified' and whether or not we deserve the increasing betrayal against those values and virtues which have historically shaped and cemented our society, is open to debate.

    Those who know me will also know that I am very much an 'internationalist' being a composite of more than one European nationality in respect of my genealogy, and having lived for many years in various far-flung corners of the globe. This has led to a genuine appreciation of our world's diversity and the uniqueness of its various cultures.

    This recognition has in turn encouraged an increasing appreciation for my own cultural heritage which, both historically and factually, is Christian — and for which I make no excuse but instead celebrate with gratitude.

    Mass on Manum Island 1988


    Hughes 500D P2-AHN outside Manam Island Catholic Church, Papua New Guinea, in 1988

    This shot was taken in 1988 when I was flying a contract with Rotorwork for one of the volcanological observatories in Papua New Guinea.

    When it came to Sunday I wanted to attend Mass, and this was quite literally the only place to park!

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    "Most plants perish when exposed to harsh environments, yet there are some which flourish in such conditions. Often, the difference between the two is resilience. No one will give you greater resilience to the challenges of this life than the One who overcame all in order to set you free. His name is Jesus, and He waits patiently for you to invite Him to be a part of your life." Brother Giacomo


    Garðarkirkja in Garðabær, Iceland (Photo by Thorfinnur Sigurgeirsson)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar%C3%B0ab%C3%A6r

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    "Seeing Clearly: Your life is influenced in no small part by your perspective, because how you see determines how you understand. When Christ is at the centre of your heart, believe me, you are going to see this world differently." Frate Sebastiano


    The Church of St. George in Odintsovo, Russia (Photo by Arthur Lookyanov)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odintsovo

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    'New Beginnings: "Come now and let us reason together" says the Lord. "Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." This is the offer of a generous God towards a sinful and rebellious world. It is an offer we don't deserve; it is a great offer, the best offer, and the time is now upon us to finally do what is right and make peace with God through Jesus Christ. We can make no better choice in this life.' Frate Sebastiano


    The Church of St. Martin in Huben, Austria (Photo by Roman Shymko)

    https://www.laengenfeld.com/winter/e...il&itemId=1696

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    "No gift can compare with the blessing of the Christ Child. In Him we have been given pardon for sin, healing for sickness, hope for despair and the promise of heaven to save us from perdition. He is the gift who transforms all things." Brother Giacomo


    Churches in Elena, Bulgaria

    Elena Town

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  • Savoia
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    "Christmas celebrates the earthly commencement of God's rescue plan for humanity. Through His Son Jesus, all mankind has access to His forgiveness as well as the promise of eternal life. But to enjoy this promise we must connect ourselves to the rescuer; even to the unwise this surely makes sense?" Brother Giacomo


    AS350B3e OE-BXN (cn.8566) as seen in front of Sacred Heart Church in Huben, Tyrol, Austria on 8th December 2020

    https://www.tyrol.tl/en/tyrol/hohe-t...t-tyrol/huben/

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    "Jesus Christ is the fortress in which we may take refuge. He is the Sure Foundation and immovable Solid Rock. He is the Great Lover of our souls who died that we may be free." Brother Giacomo


    Chapel at Ananuri Castle in Georgia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananuri

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  • Savoia
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    "Seasons change, not only in the world around us, but also within our lives. In nature, winter often represents a time of drawing upon previously stored reserves. Similarly, there are times when circumstances compel us to draw upon our reserves. But what about those who have no reserves? This is when many come to realise their need of God, and which is one of the reasons He is so popular in the developing world. The good news is that when you need Him, He will be there for you, because this is His nature, the nature of a faithful, loving Father. All the more reason then to make sure you become His child." Brother Giacomo


    Church of the Assumption, Lake Bled, Slovenia

    http://zupnija-bled.si/

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    "The theologian GK Chesterton once wrote: 'To truly love means loving the unlovable, to really forgive means forgiving the unforgivable; to have faith means believing the unbelievable, and to hope means hoping even when everything seems hopeless.' To do these things requires help from God, and what I have discovered is that if we ask Him, He will help us." Brother Giacomo


    La chiesa di Sant'Eufemia, Musso, Lago di Como, Italia

    https://www.northlakecomo.net/818-Ar...i-Sant-Eufemia

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    "Some hesitate to draw near to God for fear of the unknown. But what you may not know is that above all God simply wants you to allow Him to love you. Now in order to truly perceive God's love, your heart must be open to Him, and while this always involves risk, I want to assure you that your heart will be in good hands, because He who created you is completely trustworthy." Brother Giacomo


    Puig-Agut Chapel near Manlleu in Catalonia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manlleu

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    "Sometimes in life, that which appears certain can suddenly disappear; but those things which are of God, though they seem lost, return like the sun from behind the clouds." Brother Giacomo


    The Chapel of St. Tecwyn in Llandecwyn, Wales (Photo by David Thurlow)

    https://paulchallinor.com/2015/04/15...-in-merionydd/

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  • Savoia
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    'Just as light may be found in the night, so too can hope be found in life's darker moments. Jesus declared, "I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness." And I encourage you to walk in the light of Christ, because it is for this very purpose that you were created.' Brother Giacomo


    Short Creek Lutheran Church North Dakota (Photo by EJ Rice)

    http://everybodyhastobesomewhere.blo...-cemetery.html

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    "The 'Cross of Christ' isn't simply religious-speak for a holy symbol, but a timeless receipt declaring that our sins have been paid in full. What is the greatest thing you have done for your child? Chances are it involved some sacrifice on your part, even as your heavenly Father sacrificed His Beloved Son so that where He is, you may also be." Brother Giacomo


    Stone cross at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Maras, Peru

    http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/36277

    True Stories on Sunday

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  • Savoia
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    "There are times when we find ourselves in the shadows, where things are cold and sombre. In such places we must look up, because there is hope, and that hope is the certainty that the One who formed us, holds our future in His hands. Brighter times are ahead, and there is no one better able to get us there, than He who loves us beyond measure." Brother Giacomo


    Novodevichy Convent, Moscow

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novodevichy_Convent

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  • Savoia
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    "If you never seek beyond your boundaries of comfort, how can you ever experience anything new? This especially applies to encountering God, so my question is .. how far beyond your boundary of comfort are you willing to travel in order to experience Him?" Brother Giacomo


    Chiesa Santa Croce, Alta Badia, Alto Adige, Italia (Photo by Andreas Peters)

    https://www.altabadia.org/en/summer-...ce-church.html

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    "In agrarian communities, autumn marks the end of harvest, a time for reaping the reward of one's labours. Yet there are those who have squandered the opportunities they have received, and which is why in God's calendar there is such a thing as the 'late autumn harvest'. This is given to those who grieve over their failings and who are committed to righting their wrongs, that they may be afforded another chance. For this is the nature of God; ever merciful, full of compassion, deeply understanding and the God of the second chance." Brother Giacomo


    Immanuel Church, Esmond, North Dakota

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esmond,_North_Dakota

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    "God sees our life from a vantage point, and which is just one of the many reasons why seeking His guidance is so beneficial."
    Brother Giacomo



    The Chapel of Panagia Tsampika in Pera Chorio Nisou, Cyprus

    https://www.cyprusalive.com/en/panagia-tsampika-nicosia

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  • Savoia
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    'Dark clouds overshadow us at different times in our life; this comes as part of our human experience. But David, the shepherd boy turned king once wrote, "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me." He spoke of another shepherd, that Great Shepherd of our souls who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. I want you to know that there is no challenge, obstacle or tragedy which you cannot meet, overcome or get through when God is by your side. Take shelter in Him when the dark clouds come, even always, as He will not reject you, for you are His creation and His love for you is beyond measure.' Brother Giacomo


    The Church of St. Mary & St. Finnan, Glenfinnan, Scotland

    https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co....nan/index.html

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  • Savoia
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    "Through the willing and costly sacrifice of His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, God opened the door of fellowship between Himself and mankind which had been shut by the sin of Adam. That door is Christ Himself who will receive you with arms wide open whenever you are ready, and if you understood just how much God loves you, you would surely run to that door." Brother Giacomo


    All Saints Chapel, Hamilton Island, Australia

    Hamilton Island

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  • Savoia
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    "On the day we recognise that we are God's offspring, created in love to be His family, we should also understand why He will never force us to love Him back; for love which is forced is no love at all. And for those who dare to love Him, what can I say, but that all eternity belongs to them!" Brother Giacomo


    Church in Oia, Santorini, Greece

    https://www.greeka.com/cyclades/sant...gory-churches/

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    "If I were to tell you that the world's most elaborately decorated cathedrals and basilicas were the result of an assortment of atoms and molecules which had randomly assembled in the aftermath of a storm, I expect you would laugh in my face, for such a notion is preposterous. In the same way, I laugh at those who tell me this world was formed in like manner." Brother Giacomo


    Basilica di Sant'Elena Imperatrice, Sardegna

    https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basili...na_Imperatrice

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  • Savoia
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    "The greatest investment you can make in your child, whether they be young or old, is to strengthen their faith in God. Needless to say, in order to to do this, you must first strengthen your own faith in Him." Brother Giacomo

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  • Savoia
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    "The fulfilment of our highest potential is directly proportional to the extent that we are willing to obey God. To obey God we must first understand His purpose for us, which in turn requires that we seek His will for our life, and this we do by petitioning Him in prayer until His answer is made clear." Brother Giacomo


    Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khor_Virap

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    "All paths do not lead to God, just as all roads do not lead to Rome. The path to God is difficult, but the view once you reach the summit is exceptional. Do everything you can to find and follow this path, for it is the only one which leads to life." Brother Giacomo


    Tsambika Monastery in Rhodes, Greece

    https://www.greeka.com/dodecanese/rh...ika-monastery/

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  • Savoia
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    "We each have questions which can only be answered once we enter into relationship with God. He doesn't bite, so I encourage you to seek Him until you find Him, and if you have never done so, then I suggest you begin this quest by reading the book of John which is the last of the four Gospels." Brother Giacomo


    Church in El Chaltén, Argentina (Photo by Sabine Steinmüller)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Chalt%C3%A9n

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    "The winds of change visit everyone, and though this life offers little assurance of security or stability, yet we may find both in abundance through relationship with the One who holds all things in His hand. This is the One who created you, who has a destiny for you and who above all, loves you. This day, as with every day, He is reaching out His hand and inviting you to come to Him, that you may know Him." Brother Giacomo


    St Arilda's Church at Oldbury-on-Severn in Gloucestershire (Photo by John Wigmore)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arilda_of_Oldbury

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  • Savoia
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    "From the moment you were conceived, not a day has passed without God thinking of you. In fact, it would be fair to say that you are always on His mind. Sometimes those who are adopted track down their biological parents; similarly, hasn't the time now come for you to track down your heavenly Father, the One who created you and who has watched over you all the days of your life?"
    Brother Giacomo


    Chiesa San Valentino, Siusi allo Sciliar, Alto Adige, Italia

    https://seiseralm-schlerngebiet.com/...valentino.html

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  • Savoia
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    "In this life, times of disappointment, hardship and trial are guaranteed. But if you place your faith in God, He will take you through such times. He will be your guide, He will be your strength and He will be your shield. For He is the oasis in the desert, the refuge in the storm, the light in the darkness and the source of all hope." Brother Giacomo


    Greek Orthodox Church on Paros Island in Greece (Photo by Valantis Minogiannis)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paros

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    'In many cities, towns and villages, a church is the oldest functioning building to be found. Indeed, empires and kingdoms have come and gone, but the good news of Jesus Christ continues to be proclaimed. Jesus said of Himself, "I am the way, the truth and the life", and we do well to investigate these claims, for if they are false we may live as we please, but if they are true, all reason should compel us to live as He has taught." Brother Giacomo


    The Church of St. Nicholas, Mestia, Georgia (Photo by Feng Wei)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mestia

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    "Ask God to forgive your sins, then forgive those who have wronged you. Study the Bible and embrace its teachings. Pray to God. Once you have made these a daily habit, then pass this practice on to your children. If you do these things, you will surely be saved."
    Brother Giacomo



    Strandarkirkja, Selvogur, Iceland (Photo by Pascal Riemann)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strandarkirkja

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