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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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    "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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    "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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  • Savoia
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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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  • Savoia
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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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  • Savoia
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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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  • Savoia
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    "Look at the world around you; it has an Architect. Look at your hands; they have a Designer. Now listen to your heart, and let it affirm to you the truth that you were created for the purpose of knowing God." Brother Giacomo


    Church of the Seven Martyrs, Sifnos, Greece

    https://www.greeka.com/cyclades/sifn...seven-martyrs/

    A Song for Sunday

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    God of Wonders

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  • Savoia
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    "Life is fragile and precarious and we are more vulnerable than we care to think; but those who seek God and find Him are rescued from the shifting sands of uncertainty and are placed upon the solid rock who is Jesus Christ. He not only secures us in this life but provides great assurance of the life which is to come." Brother Giacomo


    Holy Trinity Church, Gergeti, Georgia

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

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  • Savoia
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    "The light of Christ will shine wherever it is welcome, and if you want that to be your heart then you only need open it to Him, and it will shine there also." Brother Giacomo


    Húsar Church on the island of Kalsoy in the Faroe Islands

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%BAsar

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  • Savoia
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    'Ten thousand vistas with ten thousand stunning views, could not eclipse the beauty of the One who died for me and you. For as the Apostle Paul wrote: "God has shown his love for us in that while we were still sinners, even rejecting Him daily, Christ died for us."
    Brother Giacomo


    Vidareidi Church on the island of Vidoy in the Faroe Islands (Photo by Lucie Debelkova)

    https://www.religiana.com/vidareidi-church

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  • Savoia
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    "Beauty is the naturally occurring fruit of God's hand upon anything, and extends beyond that which the eye can perceive."
    Anon.


    The Church of The Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand (Photo by Sarah Sisson)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church...d,_Lake_Tekapo

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  • Savoia
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    'When founded upon the truth, faith is like a fortress. Jesus Christ openly declared "I am the truth!" Given the implications of this statement, surely we owe it to ourselves and to those we love, to discover whether this claim is true?' Brother Giacomo


    La Chiesa di San Donato, Civita di Bagnoregio, Viterbo, Italia (Photo by Paolo Cinque)

    La Chiesa di San Donato

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civita...oregio#Culture

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  • Savoia
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    "Each of us have a day on which our sun will set, and on that day we shall be confronted with our eternal destiny. Our Creator doesn't want us to face that day with doubt or fear, but with confidence in His paternal love. He has given us this life to discover Him, and has left a paper trail so clear than even the simplest child could trace its origins." Brother Giacomo


    Orthodox Church, Santorini, Greece

    https://www.santorini.com/churches/

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  • Savoia
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    "Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live your life in active relationship with God? Have you ever heard that He is inviting you each day to do just this? He loves you and sent His Son to die for you, but He will never force Himself upon you. Therefore, if you want to know Him you must seek Him; and if you do, you will find Him, for this is His promise to you." Brother Giacomo


    La Chiesa di San Gennaro, Praiano, Italia / The Church of St. Januarius, Praiano, Italy

    La Chiesa di San Gennaro

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

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    "What I can share from personal experience, is that the love which comes from God is unmatched by any other; and what I can recommend with confidence, is that you owe it to yourself and to those you care about, to experience this love." Brother Giacomo


    St. Naum Monastery, Macedonia (Photo by Lucie Debelkova)

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

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    He is Risen!

    He's Alive!

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  • Savoia
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    "You can pursue all manner of experiences, and many do. Yet nothing can compare with the pure joy which comes from discovering that the God of the Bible exists, and that He is not only willing to receive you, but longs to do so." Brother Giacomo


    AS350B in Nebelhorn, Oberstdorf, Germany in March 2020 (Photo by Michael Haug)

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

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