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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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    "Sometimes the answer to our greatest need is to be found right in front of us, hidden only by our ignoring of its existence."
    Brother Giacomo



    Helgheim Church, Vestland county, Norway (Photo by Njål)

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

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  • Savoia
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    "We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we may know the One who holds our tomorrows; for His love, His grace and His mercy are continually available to all who will seek Him." Brother Giacomo


    Church in Hedmark, Norway (Photo by Thomas Ødegård)

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

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  • Savoia
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    "I cannot make many promises, but one I will offer is this; that if you invite the Lord Jesus into your heart and He comes to you and you begin to sense His closeness, you will not wish to live another day without Him." Brother Giacomo


    La Cappella degli Alpini, Tre Cime, Alto Adige, Italia / The Alpine Chapel, Three Peaks, South Tyrol, Italy (Photo by Ollie Batson)

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

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  • Savoia
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    "Imagine if you can, being convicted of a most heinous crime, something so terrible that you could never again lift your head high. Imagine too that the guilt and shame of this crime hung around you like a leaden rope from which you were never free. Now imagine being completely and utterly exonerated of this crime and that your guilt and shame were altogether erased. Well, that is exactly what Jesus Christ came to do! He is God's greatest gift to mankind, the One who surrendered His own life so that you may be free."
    Brother Giacomo



    Steinbockalm Chapel, in Dienten am Hochkönig, Salzburg, Austria

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dienten_am_Hochk%C3%B6nig

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  • Savoia
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    "God sending His Son to cancel our debt of sin is the costliest Christmas gift we shall ever receive, for Christ literally gave Himself for us. And what does this cost us in return? Practically nothing. Oh yes, a little mocking here and there from those who struggle to understand our devotion to God; a small price when compared to the suffering of our Lord and the treasure of eternity we have received." Brother Giacomo


    St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia (Photo by Philipp Chistyakov)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Ni...aval_Cathedral

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  • Savoia
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    "A man who buys a horse would not be considered unreasonable should he ask to test it before making his payment. Similarly, how can we know whether religion is for us, unless we first experience that which God has to offer?" Brother Giacomo


    Garðakirkja (Garda Church) in Álftarnes, Iceland (Photo by Thorfinnur Sigurgeirsson)

    http://gardasokn.is/gardakirkja/

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  • Savoia
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    "Can you live your life without talking to God? Sure you can. But be warned, of all the things you regret, this will top the list. Remember, being in a relationship with God is not the same as attending church. It is about seeking God and finding Him and then doing what He says, and while the church should help, the truth is we often fail. You must therefore find God for yourself. Be encouraged though, for you have been given a compass to aid you, and that compass is the Bible." Brother Giacomo


    Flakstad Church in the Lofoten Archipelago, Norway (Photo by Soeren Friberg)

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

    A Song for Sunday

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  • Savoia
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    "If ever you desire to know if God exists, then look up and ask Him to reveal Himself to you, and if He sees that your heart truly desires to know Him, then according to His loving nature, He will respond." Brother Giacomo


    The Chapel of St. Bernard, Gorner Ridge, Zermatt, Switzerland (Photo by Patrik Walde)

    https://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Attr...hard-von-Aosta

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  • Savoia
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    "If the stars are known by name to God, then be sure that even more so, are you known to Him." Brother Giacomo


    Ben Clare United Methodist Church, Valley Springs, South Dakota (Photo by Aaron Groen)

    Ben Clare Church

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  • Savoia
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    "What if God were to tell you that you are on His mind and that you matter to Him? And what if He just used these words to say just that!" Brother Giacomo


    The Church of St John the Evangelist Church, Bush End, Essex

    http://www.tlhs.org.uk/pdf/Bush%20En...%20History.pdf

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  • Savoia
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    "As a marriage without intimacy is barren, so too a life which is lived without God." Brother Giacomo


    Lötschenpass, Kandertal, Switzerland

    Lötschenpass, Switzerland

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  • Savoia
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    "A brief reading of history reveals that those who have made the greatest impact for good, share one thing in common; a belief in God." Brother Giacomo


    Bethany Chapel, Oilmont, Montana

    Bethany Chapel Montana

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  • Savoia
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    "There is One God above all who is Creator of all and without whom nothing exists. The wisest of men have made it their purpose to discover Him; for He is a God who is willing to be found." Brother Giacomo


    Heli Glenorchy AS350B3 ZK-ITM (cn.4735) Mt. Earnslaw, New Zealand

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

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  • Savoia
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    "Whatever beauty we see, whether in nature or in the heart of man; comes from God." Brother Giacomo


    Sildpollnes Chapel, Vågan, Norway (Photo by Alexander Lauterbach)

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

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  • Savoia
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    'We encounter many turns along life's way; when these come we do well to remember the words of Christ who said, "Broad is the road which leads to destruction and many are those who follow it, but narrow and difficult is the path which leads to life, and few are they who find it." Let us therefore do everything to be found among those who choose the right path.' Brother Giacomo


    Maria Gern Chapel, Berchtesgaden, Bavaria

    https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallfa...che_Maria_Gern

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  • Savoia
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    "The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He fulfils the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and He rescues them." King David


    Saint Spiridon Church on the Isle of Elafonissos, Greece

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

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  • Savoia
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    "You are the God of the mountains and the God of the seas, you are the author of beauty and of all that does please. To know you is heaven, to love you divine; I am yours Holy Father, till the end of all time." Anon.


    Chapel at Lake Schwarzsee in Switzerland

    https://www.zermatt.ch/en/Media/Attr...ria-zum-Schnee

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  • Savoia
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    "In a world where life is fragile and the possibility of sudden death a reality, it is important to know that in Christ, we survive."
    David Adam (Former Rector of Lindisfarne)



    Búðakirkja, Staðarsveit, Iceland

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%BA%C3%B0ir

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  • Savoia
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    "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." King David


    Epiphany Cathedral, Yelokhovo, Moscow

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

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  • Savoia
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    "Do not look so much at the outside of the church, as to the inside; at what is being taught and at what is being done. For the church which is pleasing to God and of true service to others, is the one which holds fast to the teachings of Scripture." Brother Giacomo


    The Monastery of St. Nino, Bodbe, Georgia

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

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  • Savoia
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    "When we include God in our life, He includes us in His. It really is as simple as that!" Brother Giacomo


    The Church of the Holy Cross at Mwnt, Ceredigion, Wales (Photo by Nathan Hammonds)

    https://blosslynspage.wordpress.com/...ch-mwnt-wales/

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  • Savoia
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    "I think if you look at the present state of the world, it is plain to see that humanity has made some big mistakes, to the extent that I would say we are on the wrong path. If this is so, then we must go back; because going back is sometimes the best way forward."
    CS Lewis



    St. Andrew's Church, Sempringham, Lincolnshire, England (Photo by Alistair Nicolson)

    http://www.northernvicar.co.uk/2018/...ringham-abbey/

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  • Savoia
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    "Everyone faces darkness. Acts of terrible unkindness, the loss of loved-ones, failing health or restricted mobility; the trials of life are many. But it is exactly in such times that we must look up and see that despite the darkness which may surround us, there is still light, even if that light seems feint. Above all we must remember that however dark our darkness may be, that just as certain night yields to day, so also our darkness will yield to brighter days. The Scriptures declare Christ to be 'The Light of the Word', 'The Bright and Morning Star' and 'The Dayspring from on High' and He is truly these and much more. He will help, He will heal, He will comfort. He will give hope, He will provide answers, and He will love and cherish everyone who comes to Him. We must not neglect Jesus in this life, but must seek Him with all our heart, for when we find Him, is when we will be truly satisfied." Brother Giacomo


    La Chiesa di Santa Maddalena (The Church of St. Magdalene) Funes, Italy (Photo by Alberto Munoz)

    https://www.villnoess.com/en/val-di-...-st-magdalena/

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  • Savoia
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    "The days of our lives may be compared to the stones of a building; for with each day we add something new to its structure. The question is, at the end of our lives, what will we have built and how well will it stand? Christ encourages us to build on Him — the solid rock; for when we do so, we find ourselves standing upon the sure foundation, the fount of love and the hope of eternity."
    Brother Giacomo



    The Chapel of Mary Magdalene, Roselend Dam, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

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

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  • Savoia
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    "I am thankful for many things in this life, but most of all I am thankful for God; because everything we see and experience which is either wonderful or beautiful in both nature and our relationships, is of Him." Brother Giacomo


    Cathedral Peak Chapel, Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa

    Cathedral Peak South Africa

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  • Savoia
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    "All the beauty on this earth, finds its source in one person, expressed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit." Brother Giacomo


    The Church of Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, Cap Malheureux, Mauritius

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

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  • Savoia
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    "The light at the end of a tunnel and the dark cloud's silver lining; a stream in the desert and a candle in the dark; a blessing in disguise and a refuge in the storm; each of these and more, is Christ to those who love Him." Brother Giacomo


    The Church of the Resurrection of Christ, St. Petersburg, Russia

    The Church of the Resurrection of Christ

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  • Savoia
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    "God is everywhere present, and if we see and listen with faith, we will sense Him beckoning us. Imagine, the Author of Life reaching out and inviting you to know Him! Even today He offers this with love." Brother Giacomo


    Church near Vamos in Apokoronas, Crete

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

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  • Savoia
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    "The most beautiful relationships are those in which the exchange of love is voluntary. The moment coercion or manipulation are manifest, that beauty is tarnished. This is one of the reasons that God never forces Himself on us (though He so easily could). Instead He has left the signs of His existence everywhere, so that those who desire to know Him may do so, and that those who deny Him are without excuse." Brother Giacomo


    La Chiesa di Santa Croce, Lazfons, Italia

    https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifugi...oce_di_Lazfons

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