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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!

  • Savoia
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    "The seasons of our life are ever-changing, much like the world around us, and one can fairly say that some seasons are more challenging than others. Today, the God who gave you breath, wants you know that you may invite Him to accompany you through these seasons, and I encourage you to consider this offer, because inviting God to be a part of your life, changes everything."
    Frate Giacomo



    Church in Maine

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

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  • Savoia
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    "There is a way forward in every situation and circumstance of life, no matter how challenging; and if you invite Christ to lead you in that way, then you will have taken a step in the right direction." Frate Luca Santamaria


    La Chiesa di Santa Lucia, Colle Santa Lucia, Belluno, Italia

    La Chiesa di Santa Lucia

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  • Savoia
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    "If you desire to experience change for the better, then you must invest in actions which have the potential to cause such change. I recommend pursuing discovery of the existence of God, because among other things, finding Him in this life is your passport to the next." Brother Giacomo


    Summit Cross on Mont Julioz, Le Châtelard, Savoie (Photo by Guilhem Vellut)

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Julioz

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  • Savoia
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    'Heaven on earth; what would that look like? I suggest the answer can be found in the teachings of Christ who when asked which was the greatest commandment replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbour as yourself."' Frate Sebastiano


    La Chiesa di San Viglio, Colfosco, Badia, Italia (Photo by Lucie Debelkova)

    https://www.altabadia.org/en/info/pa...-colfosco.html

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  • Savoia
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    "Biblical love is no mere feeling of affection, but a sustained commitment towards the well-being and ultimate good of another."
    CS Lewis



    Chiesa di San Giorgio, Castello-Molina di Fiemme, Trentino

    Chiesa di San Giorgio

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  • Savoia
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    "There is a peace which comes from living in daily relationship with God, and which He willingly bestows upon those whose hearts are open to Him." Brother Giacomo


    Church in Splitska, Brač Island, Croatia (Photo by Aleksandar Gospić)

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

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  • Savoia
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    "Our Lord Jesus Christ is the refuge in the storm for all who will believe in Him." Frate Sebastiano

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  • Savoia
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    'Jesus said, "Whoever hears these teachings of mine and does them, is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. When the rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew, his house did not fall, for it was founded upon the rock." And I encourage you to do likewise and to build your life upon the solid rock who is Jesus Christ.' Brother Giacomo


    Meteora Monastery in Thessaly, Greece (Photo by Ron Harbin)

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

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  • Savoia
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    "Jesus declared Himself to be the truth; and all my research, discovery and experience of Him attests that this is precisely so."
    Frate Sebastiano



    Christian shrine in Kefalonia (Photo by Panagiotis Papadopoulos)

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

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  • Savoia
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    "God gave us freewill, including the freedom to reject Him, which many in ignorance and apathy, sadly do. But I encourage you to be among the few who make the journey to discover whether He really is who the Scriptures declare Him to be. Why you might ask? Well, that is easy to answer; because when you discover Him, you will have found the One loves you like no other." Brother Giacomo


    St. Coloman's Church, in Schwangu, Bavaria (Photo by Emanuel Dragoi)

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Coloman_(Schwangau)

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  • Savoia
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    "The Son of God became a man so that men may become sons of God." CS Lewis


    All Saints Church in Crowfield, Suffolk, England

    http://www.suffolkchurches.co.uk/crowfield.htm

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  • Savoia
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    "Christ teaches that judgement will come to every man, and that on that day He will separate us as a shepherd separates his sheep from the goats. The truly wise man will do everything to ensure that he is counted among God's sheep." Frate Sebastiano


    Búðir Church in Staðarsveit, Iceland

    https://www.icelandaurora.com/phototours/budir/

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  • Savoia
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    'Imagine, for just a moment, that the Bible is true. Now imagine standing before God at the end of your life having never entered into relationship with Him and with no way of amending your past. I suggest that you don't allow it to come to that, but that you embrace God's own advice spoken through the prophet Isaiah when He said "Seek me while I may be found and call upon me while I am yet near." I humbly submit that this is the wisest decision you will ever make.' — Frate Sebastiano

    Church of Saint Clement and Panteleimon, Plaošnik, Macedonia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church...nd_Panteleimon

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  • Savoia
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    "Sometimes it seems as if we are surrounded by a sea of fog comprised of contrary circumstances, difficulties and challenges, for such can be the weather of this life. But there is good news in that with Christ it matters not what we see, but rather what we believe, for when our trust is in Him, He will make a way, and the way He makes will not fail." Brother Giacomo


    Chiesa San Biagio, Montepulciano, Toscana

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Biagio,_Montepulciano

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  • Savoia
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    "There is a path less travelled which is often difficult and sometimes lonely; so too is the path that leads to eternal life."
    Frate Sebastiano



    Chiesa della Madonna del Soccorso, Montalcino, Toscana

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonn...so,_Montalcino

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  • Savoia
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    "The higher you ascend, the more you will see; and the same is true of our relationship with God." Brother Giacomo


    Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Cholula

    Iglesia de Nuestra

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  • Savoia
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    "God, who created all things, is also the creator of beauty. We too possess the ability to create beauty, and the greatest expression of this is in the manner of our relationships." Brother Giacomo


    Santorini, Greece

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

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  • Savoia
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    "When darkness comes, those on higher ground enjoy the longest light. Darkness comes to everyone, and when it does, you must look up, because that is where your help truly comes from." Frate Sebastiano


    Chiesa a Colle Santa Lucia, Belluno, Italia

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

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  • Savoia
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    "In fifty years of attempting to serve God, I have been unable to fault the teachings of Christ, the One who incidentally declares Himself to be the truth. Every parable, lesson and instruction, together with the example of His life, has thus far proven to be faultless, and I suspect this evaluation will remain unchanged. I have also discovered that for those who seek and embrace Him, Jesus becomes a transformative factor in their lives, and that this transformation is always for the better." Brother Giacomo


    Church in the Turiec region of central Slovakia (Photo by Milan Gonda)

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

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  • Savoia
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    "Christ is the light who shines in the darkness, and there is no darkness which can overcome this light." Frate Sebastiano


    Church in Oia, Santonini, Greece

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oia,_Greece

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  • Savoia
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    "The closer you are to God, the more you reflect His nature and His kingdom, which in turn makes this world a better place. Now if everyone did this, we would be at peace." Brother Giacomo


    Church in Avrig, Romania

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

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  • Savoia
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    'In this life we will face trials. Trials involving health, trials to do with wealth, trials of vocation, trials in relationships and more besides. When these come, they may appear overwhelming, like an unscalable mountain. But God is the One who is able to make a way, even where there seems to be no way. Seek Him, and know Him, because He loves you and has a solution for every trial and challenge you face.' Frate Sebastiano


    The Church of St. John the Baptist in Grainau, Bavaria, Germany (Photo by Jon Benham)

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

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  • Savoia
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    "While the Bible is the world's most distributed book, it is possibly also the most misunderstood. This is because the Bible is 'locked' to those who are unwilling to discover its truths. The Holy Spirit (whom we should ask to receive) is the key who unlocks the mystery of the Scriptures, and it is with His aid that the eyes of our understanding are opened." Brother Giacomo



    "All Scripture is inspired by God." St. Paul

    Bible proofs

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  • Savoia
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    "In the natural, our ability to see increases with height and is influenced by the condition of the weather. Similarly, in the spiritual our perception increases according to our closeness with God and is influenced by the condition of our heart." Frate Sebastiano


    The Chapel of Prophet Elijah in Protaras, Cyprus

    https://www.leonardo-hotels-cyprus.c...s-ilias-church

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  • Savoia
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    "Since the time of Christ, the world has witnessed many rulers and kingdoms, many tyrants and empires. History has recorded the existence of great armies, influential families and century-old businesses. All of these have come and gone, but the Church, though persecuted, often ridiculed and at various times outlawed, still remains. In many towns and cities, her structures are those which have stood the longest. And yet, this is not the greatest witness, but rather we who are created in God's image and have been made for fellowship with Him, and creation itself, for these unequivocally declare the existence of a truly great and mighty God. Today, if you will hear His voice, then He is calling you into His family and inviting you to become His cherished child" Brother Giacomo


    The Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Foros, Crimea

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

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  • Savoia
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    "Will we live forever? Yes, in one of just two places. Ignoring God in this life (the trend of the masses) is the pathway to destruction, while Christ is the gateway leading to eternal fellowship with God in His kingdom. I urge you to choose the latter." Frate Sebastiano


    Church in Nea Roda, Halkidiki, Greece

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

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  • Savoia
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    "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be, is moderately important."
    CS Lewis



    The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor Great Park

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_..._of_All_Saints

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  • Savoia
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    "It is through daily relationship with God that we discover enduring purpose and satisfaction in our lives, and position ourselves so as to be a blessing to others." Brother Giacomo


    The Chapel of Santa Maria de Siurana in Catalonia (Photo by Rafael López-Monné)

    https://second.wiki/wiki/iglesia_de_...rc3ada_siurana

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  • Savoia
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    '"Behold, I stand at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within, I will come to you." These are the words of Jesus Christ to the first century church in modern-day Turkey; and these words our Lord continues to speak to all who are willing to receive Him. He has sent out the invitation, all that remains is our response.' Frate Sebastiano


    Church on Skopelos Island in Greece

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

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